The Malta Independent 6 June 2023, Tuesday
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Boca Juniors Beat Bolivar to win South American Cup

Malta Independent Sunday, 19 December 2004, 00:00 Last update: about 10 years ago

Boca Juniors roared past Bolivar of Bolivia 2-0 on Friday night on first-period goals by Martin Palermo and Carlos Tevez to win the Copa Sudamericana tournament on a 2-1 aggregate, foiling Bolivar’s chances at their first-ever club championship on the international level.

Boca’s juggernaut began in the 13th minute when Martin Palermo headed in the first goal from inside the penalty area, setting off thunderous cheers at the jampacked home stadium of La Bombonera, which shuddered from the capacity crowd of 45,000 raucous spectators.

It was Palermo’s 100th goal overall for the blue-and-yellow Boca side, one of South America’s most popular squads. Then it was the turn of Boca’s other offensive star, striker Carlos Tevez, who in the 27th minute netted the second goal with a powerful kick, also from inside the area.

Tevez got his chance after Diego Cana rifled off a 40-metre (yard) pass to Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who then flicked the ball to Tevez as he rushed the net, firing the tournament winner past Bolivar goalkeeper Mauro Machado – stunned and out of position.

It was Tevez’s last match with Boca before the star striker heads to Corinthians of Brazil after being picked up for 15.08 million euros. “Carlitos! Carlitos!” fans chanted, chorusing his nickname.

After the match, Tevez waxed nostalgic: “I simply am speechless: it hurts, it hurts a lot to leave this club,” he managed to say as he left the field.

Boca, who lost the opening of the two-leg championship, 1-0 in La Paz, won overall on goals. The Sudamericana tournament is the second-most prestigious South American team tournament after the Copa Libertadores championship.

For Boca, who finished a lowly eighth in the recently finished domestic league tournament, victory provided a sweet finish to an otherwise lacklustre year.

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