Boca Juniors’ trip to Guadalajara ended in defeat after Chivas triumphed on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
It may have only been a friendly but there was still a hint of that old superclásico rivalry as Guillermo Barros Schelotto took his Boca Juniors side to Mexico to take on River Plate icon Matías Almeyda’s Chivas.
Certainly the Pablo Pérez tackle that prompted a brief fracas was a scene not out of place at any Boca-River clash.
Boca had been much the better side in the opening 45 minutes but were unable to make it count and it was in fact after the break when Almeyda’s team were on top that Walter Bou provided the breakthrough.
The centre-forward is proving an excellent alternative to, or partner for Dario Benedetto and despite Chivas’ appeals for offside Bou latched onto Fernando Gago’s lofted pass to volley the opener.
However, the lead didn’t last long and Alan Pulido rifled a low shot past Axel Werner to equalise.
The match went to penalties and with Chivas flawless in their execution, Santiago Vergini’s effort that came back off the crossbar was enough to condemn Boca to defeat.