Sport Boys received Cusco FC at the Miguel Grau stadium in Callao, on date 17 of the 2023 League 1 Clausura Tournament. The ‘pinks’, who urgently needed the win, to stay out of the relegation zone, came out with everything and they managed to go 2-0 in the first half, thanks to a double from Fabrizio Roca.
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The first came just after 4 minutes and was from the penalty spot. It all started with a foul in the area against Kevin Peña, who received a deep pass, but was pushed by Miguel Aucca, who was trying to anticipate it. The person in charge of executing the maximum penalty was the 21-year-old forward, who showed great temperance and defined the right, deceiving goalkeeper Daniel Ferreyra, who threw himself to the left.
The second occurred at 45 minutes, when the ‘missilera’ was playing with one more man, due to the expulsion of Horacio Benincasa for a disqualifying foul against Jorge Ríos, which forced him to leave on a stretcher and be replaced by Jesús Barco. It was one of the last plays of the first half, when Renzo Salazar took a good cross, and Roca anticipated his markers and scored an accurate header that inflated the nets.
The ‘pink’ attacker is going through a great moment, as he has three goals in the last two games. Let us remember that, last Friday, September 29, he converted from the twelve steps in the ‘missilera’ 1-1 draw with UTC at the Héroes de San Ramón stadium in Cajamarca on the 16th. It was an execution with a lot of pressure , because it was in the last minute, when his team was losing 1-0 and seriously jeopardizing its permanence in the first division.
Fabrizio Roca is going through one of the best moments of his career, since he is not only Sport Boys’ top scorer, but he has also just been summoned by Juan Máximo Reynoso for the matches that the ‘bicolor’ will hold for the third and fourth date of the South American Qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, which will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The first duel will be against Chile on Thursday, October 12 at the Monumental Stadium in Santiago, while the second against Argentina on Tuesday the 17th at the National Stadium in Lima.
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The ‘pink’ attacker was called for the microcycle with players from the local tournament in La Videna, although if he manages to surprise ‘Cabezón’, he has a chance to make the final list. It should be noted that he was also included in the local squad for the duels against Brazil and Paraguay, but he did not manage to be among the final selections.
Juan Reynoso announced the list of those summoned by the local media – Credits: FPF
With his double, Fabrizio Roca reached nine goals in the championship and remains Sport Boys’ top scorer this season. Furthermore, this was the first time that he scored two goals in the same game.
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Their previous conquests were in the victories against Unión Comercio (2-1), Deportivo Garcilaso (2-1), Sport Huancayo (1-0) and Deportivo Municipal (3-0), the draws with Atlético Grau (1-1) and UTC (1-1), and the defeat with Cusco FC (2-1) in the Apertura Tournament. The ‘imperials’ are their favorite victim with three scores.
It should be noted that the second top scorer of the ‘chalaca’ squad is Jesús Barco, who despite being a midfielder, has accumulated six goals. Together they have 15 goals, that is, more than half that the ‘missilera’ scored in the entire League 1. Let’s remember that Sport Boys has only scored 26 goals and they have the second worst offense of the tournament, only surpassing Cantolao, who beat rival door on 19 occasions.