Boca Juniors made the most of the international break with a friendly against Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla in the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán and it was reason to celebrate, not only as a result of the 4-3 scoreline – Carlos Tevez produced a wonderful performance, rubbished rumours of him leaving the club and Fernando Gago returned from his long injury layoff.
After a poignant mark of respect for former Sevilla left-back Antonio Puerta, who died in 2007, the match got underway and after both sides shared chances it was Darío Benedetto who fired Boca ahead. Carlos Tevez flicked the ball into the feet of the in-form striker and the 26-year-old drilled the ball past Salvatore Sirigu.
Steven N’Zonzi immediately brought Sevilla level with a well-placed finish from the edge of penalty area but Boca responded well and another of their most impressive recent performers Cristian Pavón got himself on the scoresheet. Skipping away from the challenge of Timothée Kolodziejczak, the 20-year-old had the composure to wait before slotting the ball under Sirigu.
On the hour mark, Tevez extended the lead with a sumptuous lob and later clattered the post with a powerful first time shot from distance. The second half also witnessed the return of Fernando Gago after more than six months out with an achilles injury.
Kolodziejczak pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute and former Racing striker Luciano Vietto looked to have sealed a draw with a firm header but deep into stoppage time, Tevez rifled in a winner.
After a difficult few weeks that saw any hope of international football in 2017 disappear it had been suggested that Tevez would call time on his Boca return but the iconic striker said after the match, “I don’t think about returning to European football. I am happy at Boca and coming here was a life choice. I feel at home.”
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