Barcelona vs Boca Juniors – Football Match Report – December 14, 2021
Boca’s juniors beat Barcelona on penalties to win the Diego Maradona Cup in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday following a 1-1 draw in normal time.
Goalkeeper Agustin Rossi saves Matheus Pereirapenalty first Guillem Jaime Victory went to Boca, who scored all 4 of their penalties.
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Ferran Jutgla Gave Barca the lead early in the second half, but Exequiel Zeballos leveled in the 15th minute to send the game into a penalty shootout.
The match, which took place at Mrsool Park in Riyadh, was held in honor of the late Maradona, who passed away on 25 November last year.
Maradona, widely regarded as one of the finest players to have ever played the game, played for both Barca and Boca in a professional career that spanned from 1976 to 1997.
He played twice for Boca, from 1981 to 1982 and again from 1995 to 1997. He joined Barca from Boca in 1982, spending two seasons with the previous Spanish club. when signing a contract with Napoli.
Barca coach Xavi Hernandez took advantage of the match against Argentina to make his debut Dani Alves, who returned to the club at the age of 38 last month.
The Brazil internationals cannot compete until January when the registration window reopens in Spain, but he could play in Tuesday’s show.
Alves is one of 11 changes Barca have attracted Osasuna on Sunday when Xavi chose to keep most of his squad ahead of Saturday’s LaLiga game Elche at Camp Nou.
A difficult first half, in which Alves was the best player, opened after the break, with Jutgla, a summer signing from Espanyol, opened the scoring in the 50th minute.
Philippe Coutinho Handled an Alves cross but it was ignored by the referee, allowing Jutgla to turn and fire in his first goal for Barca.
Ilias Akhomach and Jutgla missed the opportunity to double the lead for Barca, while Neto did well to keep Sebastian Villa before replacing Zeballos back home Frank Fabraof a cross to take the game to the penalty spot.
Marcos Rojo, Carlos Izquierdoz, Cristian Pavon and Aaron Molinas both scored for Sebastian Battaglia’s side, with Matheus and lack of Guillem for Barca.