Pre-match discussion was focused on Boca Juniors’ controversial 2015 Copa Argentina final win over Rosario Central. For the two sides, Wednesday’s quarter-final meeting was Central’s opportunity for revenge and also a last chance for Boca to claim Copa Libertadores qualification.
As expected, it was a fiery encounter in Córdoba but it was Eduardo Coudet’s side that claimed a place in the semi-final and piled more pressure on Guillermo Barros Schelotto as Boca face a year outside international competition for the first time since 2010.
The deadlock was broken ten minutes before the break thanks to a blistering volley by José Luis Fernández and with Boca needing to weather the storm, they swiftly found themselves two-down. Guillermo Sara failed to hold Walter Montoya’s low shot and Germán Herrera pounced on the rebound to poke in the loose ball.
Understandably, Boca were the protagonists in the second half but for all of their pressure they were unable to find a way past Sebastián Sosa until the fifth minute of the additional five minutes. Darío Benedetto’s headed goal proved to be the last kick of the game and Patricio Loustau’s final whistle sparked wild celebrations among the Central squad.
Central will face Belgrano in the semi-finals while Boca will be forced to ask some serious questions after a period of heavy investment has ended in failure.
Rosario Central 2 – 1 Boca Juniors