Boca Juniors injected life into their 2016 Copa Libertadores campaign with a first victory in group three after three consecutive draws. Fernando Gago, Carlos Tevez and Federico Carrizo were all on target to give Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side a 3-1 win over Bolívar and move into the second qualification spot with two important fixtures remaining.
With Carlos Tevez flanked by the pace of Federico Carrizo and Cristian Pavón, Boca look far more dangerous and despite already going close, the opening goal came via something of a surprising source. Fernando Gago isn’t known for his goal scoring prowess but instinctively rifled a low volley past Romel Quiñónez shortly after the half hour mark.
In need of some breathing space to settle the nerves, Carlos Tevez produced a moment of individual brilliance to double the lead. The Argentina international drove at the Bolívar defence from halfway, twisting and turning past defenders before somehow beating Quiñónez from the tightest of angles.
It was difficult to see a way back for the visitors and when Carrizo slid after excellent work from Pavón moments after half time the result was all but confirmed. Juan Callejón ensured that Boca couldn’t take their foot off the pedal completely when he scored from the penalty spot with 20 minutes remaining but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.
The result moves Boca up to second, two points behind Racing, who they play next in Avellaneda.
Boca Juniors 3 – 1 Bolívar