At the beginning of the second half between Racing and Boca Juniors in the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores there was an incident that raised the temperature on the cold Avellaneda night. It was a cross between Gabriel Rojas and Edinson Cavani that ended with both players being reprimanded.
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At 51 minutes the Uruguayan went to dispute a ball with Jonathan Gómez, which ended up on the floor and Rojas immediately reacted by defending his teammate. The Academy footballer put his right hand on the neck of the former World Cup player, who was not far behind.
The one who joined the brawl was Luis Advíncula, who also received a slap from Rojas. Meanwhile, Cavani went to talk to Gómez, who did not want to listen to him. Then other players from both sides arrived. There the Uruguayan referee Andrés Matonte intervened and decided to give them both the yellow card.
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The match at the Presidente Perón Stadium had a lot of strong legs, friction, tension and few goals. It was something that was analyzed in advance. We must also consider that it is a classic and the added value of the event since it is the definition to get among the four best in the main club tournament in South America.
The racing venue was sold out and there was a full house on Wednesday night at the Cilindro. The duel in Avellaneda had all the ingredients to be a high-tension clash.
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In the first leg they drew goalless in La Bombonera and this Wednesday the move to the semi-finals is defined. The winner will play with Palmeiras who eliminated Deportivo Pereira. In the first leg, the São Paulo team beat Colombia 4-0 and this Wednesday they tied without goals at the Allianz Parque. The Brazilians won the 2020 and 2021 editions.
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