It may only have been a friendly but that didn’t prevent tempers flaring when Boca Juniors snatched a last minute draw against Olimpia in Jujuy.
A horrendous defensive mix-up allowed Julián Benítez to nod Olimpia in front after five minutes but Darío Benedetto almost immediately equalised for Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side.
William Mendieta put the Paraguayans back in front with a sensational free kick that left Atlético Madrid loanee Axel Werner no chance and it looked as though it would prove to be the winner.
Boca were pushing for an equaliser and the supporters were already growing restless with Olimpia already complaining of objects being thrown onto the pitch. However with a minute remaining referee Fernando Espinoza inexplicably pointed to the penalty spot for a handball despite the ball clearly striking the Olimpia defender in the chest.
After the justified protests subsided, Walter Bou stepped forward. The striker’s effort was saved by Victor Centurión but the assistant referee flagged for the goalkeeper coming off his line and Bou got another chance. At the second time of asking, the former Gimnasia centre forward tucked away the equaliser but with the Olimpia players raging, a red card was brandished and it ultimately ended the contest.
As the Paraguayan visitors walked off under a shower of objects from the stands, the Boca players and the officials were left in the centre circle.
Boca Juniors 2 – 2 Olimpia