Boca Juniors won the 2022 Argentine Professional League this Sunday, drawing 2-2 with Independiente, while Racing finished as an escort after losing 2-1 to River Plate.
On the last day of the local championship, at Bombonera, Boca equalized with Independiente with goals from Guillermo Pol Fernández (34 minutes) and Colombia’s Sebastián Villa (49). Leandro Fernández (34, from penalty) and Nicolás Vallejo (80) scored for the Reds.
The draw gave Racing a chance to become a champion. however, the Academy lost the classic at home to River 2-1., in a match that albicelestes won with a goal from Matías Rojas (56, from a penalty). However, Colombian Miguel Borja (79 and 90+4) made a double turn to give the millionaires a win in Marcelo Gallardo’s last game as River’s manager.
Boca reached the deadline as the leader of the competition, just one point ahead of Racing by vague definition, as the two of them faced their direct rivals’ arch-rivals on the last day, as the xeneizes took Independiente and visited I. River. Academy in Avellaneda.
Excitement from start to finish
With a tense description, the first emotions at Bombonera came with Boca’s attacking determination to get the victory that would allow them to celebrate regardless of what was happening on the Racecourse.
However, it was Independiente who silenced more than 50,000 Boca fans for a while with the penalty for Peruvian Luis Advíncula’s violation against Lucas Rodríguez, and Leandro Fernández (32) sent Rossi into the net with a strong and corner kick. Right.
With this result and the partial draw at Avellaneda, both Boca and Racing continued to share the lead, so there was the possibility of a final tie-break, but that chance was short-lived as Xeneize immediately tied in a header. Pol Fernández (34) after a center with Oscar Romero.
Gallardo’s farewell, Boca’s title
Concurrent with the Boca match, Racing dominated a river in poor form, after more than eight years at the head of the red band, in Marcelo Gallardo’s last official match as a millionaire coach.
At the start of the second half, Boca reversed the result with an excellent free kick from Sebastián Villa (49) into the right corner, just minutes after the Colombian was back on the pitch from a serious injury. Romero’s place
2-1 no longer left Racing unlucky due to an attack by Pinola against Enzo Copetti and the Paraguayan Matías Rojas (56) and in any case he did not give up on his attempts and took a penalty.
But feelings would escalate in the last minutes, because none of them finished take off in resultsand so in a minute the festivities switched sides again, as Nicolás Vallejo gave Independiente a 2-2 header and almost simultaneously stamped 1-1 for Colombia’s Borja River in Avellaneda.
And Racing would have a golden opportunity to win the championship, as he took a penalty against Herrera Mura in the 87th minute and the Academy was once again eleven meters from the consecration area, but Franco Armani (89) saves Jonathan Galván’s shotAn action celebrated like a goal in Bombonera.
The scoreboard on Boca’s court no longer moved, with thousands of souls waiting to see what happened at Avellaneda, punishing River Racing’s dream with a counterattack that Borja (90+4) described after a series of rebounds. last 2-1.
This is how Boca celebrated the 35th League tournament he won in the 2019/2020 season and the second one this season, when he won the League Cup last June. (D)
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