After what was a match that should never really have taken place, the AFA got what it would appear they wanted – Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores. Nicolás Colazo’s thunderbolt from distance proved enough to give Boca a thoroughly deserved win in a thoroughly underserved playoff over Vélez Sarsfield.
The rules appeared plain enough, goal difference does not decide the league champions but is used to distinguish any other places and so when Vélez pipped Boca to the final Libertadores by virtue of their superior goal difference everything appeared sorted. However, the AFA eventually retracted that weeks later and claimed that reporters had misunderstood and this was never the case so the two sides would need to meet in a playoff. Even more ridiculously, although the Torneo Final finished in May of last year that match only took place last night.
In that time it would probably be fair to say that Boca have been improving gradually under Rodolfo Arruabarrena while Vélez have changed managers a couple of times and recently lost main striker, Lucas Pratto.
Boca took full advantage of this and although the scoreline reflects somewhat of a narrow margin, the victory was well deserved. The winning goal from full back, Nicolás Colazo was a spectacular strike and in truth Vélez were rather toothless in attack to ever really look like turning the match around.
Regardless of the illigitimacy of the match itself, Boca will once more be in the Copa Libertadores. They go straight into Group 5 along with Zamora FC from Venezuela, Montevideo Wanderers and the winner from a playoff match between Club Deportivo Palestino and Nacional.
Boca Juniors 1 – 0 Vélez Sarsfield