Boca edge past Argentinos Juniors into Copa Superliga final (VIDEO)

Tigre cruised through their semi final 24 hours earlier but the meeting between Boca Juniors and Argentinos Juniors was decided by much finer margins and eventually after 180 minutes of football only a Lisandro López header was required to see Los Xeneizes secure a place in the Copa Superliga final.

The goalless draw in La Paternal a week earlier may have been a bland affair and while goals remained light on the ground at La Bombonera there was no shortage of chances.

During an open first 45 minutes both sides took it in turns to waste opportunities – Gabriel Hauche heading over unmarked, Nahitán Nández nodding straight at Lucas Chaves, Claudio Spinelli spurning a one-on-one by inexplicably attempting to play in Damián Batallini before Darío Benedetto fired wide in a similar situation. Neither side appeared to want to win it.

The pattern continued after the break as Batallini failed to make the most of a weak Esteban Andrada clearance when a simple pass to Hauche looked the best option and that latest miss proved costly as Matías Romero was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Emmanuel Mas.

Moments later Boca led, Lisandro López climbing above Elías Gómez at the back post to head past Chaves to break the deadlock.

The desperately out of form Benedetto then headed over another good chance and when Iván Marcone levelled things up with a second yellow card of his own, Boca were made to sweat for the final fifteen minutes.

Jonathan Sandoval came closest to snatching the solitary goal that Argentinos required but his header went straight at Andrada and instead Sebastián Villa came closest to wrapping it up for Boca with a delightful lob attempt that came back off the bar.

Boca held on and will face Tigre next weekend for the first ever Copa Superliga. While El Matador might be playing Nacional B football next season, on form they should be considered favourites and Gustavo Alfaro’s side must be better to avoid defeat.


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