Rojo’s penalty, Rossi and Advíncula’s tricks and the shot that the Boca Juniors goalkeeper contained
Nothing happened in the match between Corinthians and Boca Juniors for the first leg of the Copa Libertadores round of 16. Emotions did not abound until the last stretch of the first half, when at 39 minutes Marcos Rojo struggled with Gustavo Mantuan and the referee Roberto Tobar sanctioned a penalty. Although once again Agustín Rossi dressed as a hero and once again saved the team from him by containing Róger Guedes’ shot. But the xeneize goalkeeper had an extra strategy beyond his intuition in the executions from the twelve steps.
Rojo’s play on the Brazilian midfielder was a penalty because he hit him in the face. The xeneize players complained, but the judge was fully convinced of his decision and sanctioned the foul. It was in the preview of the shot that two curiosities occurred that brought luck to Rossi, who continues to show that he is a specialist for this instance.
First, the blue and gold goalkeeper threw water at the penalty spot to delay the shot and make the Corinthians player, Guedes, nervous. Luis Advíncula then touched the striker twice, in another gesture that brought Rossi fortune as he again guessed the lead and held off his sixth penalty on eleven shots within 90 minutes. It should be noted that Rossi did not go ahead in the shot.
It is a hard key that the team led by Sebastián Battaglia has against a cast like Corinthians that is looking for its second Libertadores after the one achieved a decade ago, when in that final it also crossed paths with Boca Juniors, which at that time was led by Julio Cesar Falcioni. The second leg will be next Tuesday at La Bombonera.
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