Superclásico: River won a match with a scandalous ending

The penalty goal came two minutes before the end of a match that descended into pushing, insults and player expulsions

River Plate won the Superclásico against Boca Juniors on Sunday with a penalty scored 48 minutes into the second half, two minutes before the end of the match. The celebration of the goal by one of River’s players led to a heated exchange of insults and pushing and shoving by both teams. The referee ended up sending off six players, three from each side. 

More than 83,000 River fans celebrated the agonizing victory, which came in the extra time of the second half. Two minutes before the end of the game, River forward Miguel Borja scored the goal that left the score 1-0. 

With this victory, River remains at the top of the Argentine local championship standings with 37 points. 

Borja’s penalty was sanctioned by referee Dario Herrera for a foul by Boca’s Agustin Sandez against Pablo Solari. When the Colombian scored, a brawl broke out between the protagonists over River player Agustín Palavecino’s celebration in front of Boca defender Nicolás Figal.

Due to the fights, Herrera sent off Palavecino plus River substitutes Ezequiel Centurión and Elías Gómez, while Boca, who ended up with eight players, suffered the departures of Ezequiel Fernández, Miguel Merentiel and Nicolás Valentini, as well as coach Jorge Almirón.

The BA City Police reported three players for incitement to violence, aggression and entering an unauthorized area. The judicial authorities will issue a report to Palavecino and to the Boca players Marcos Rojo, who was on the field and participated in the incidents between players, and Luis Vázquez: when he was replaced by Miguel Merentiel, later expelled, he went out rubbing his chest, in an apparent provocation of the River Plate fans.

This was the 216th time the legendary Argentine teams have faced off and, so far, the record favors Boca: they have won 78 matches, while River have won 71. They have drawn 66 times. 

The previous Superclásico played at the Monumental stadium was last year, for the League Cup. Boca won, led by Sebastián Battaglia, and with Marcelo Gallardo as River’s manager.

— with information from Telam

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