Boca Juniors closed in on a place in the last 16 of this year’s Copa Libertadores with a 1-0 win over Independiente Medellín in Colombia on Thursday evening.
Following up last week’s impressive win over Libertad, Boca were made to wait until the 88th minute to find their latest winner but once again it was Eduardo Salvio who struck. The in-form winger pounced on a rebound after Nicolás Capaldo’s initial effort had been saved to score his fifth of the tournament and secure all three points.
Salvio had rattled the crossbar during a first half largely dominated by Boca but he and Carlos Tevez were unable to find a way past Andrés Mosquera in the Independiente goal.
As tiredness set in and the game lost its way it looked as though a goalless draw was on the cards until a wayward pass from Didier Delgado released Capaldo. The young midfielder couldn’t finish but had Salvio on hand to spare his blushes.
Libertad visit La Bombonera next week without Ramón Díaz in charge after the River Plate legend’s short stint in charge came to an end this week and Boca will be aiming to confirm their status as Group H winners.