RiverPlate vs Boca Juniors
Even by Superclasico standards, the match between Boca Juniors and River Plate in Argentina on Sunday night was hysterical.
Six players—three from each team—were sent off in extra time after a huge brawl broke out shortly. It happened after a late and ultimately crucial penalty by River gave them a 1-0 lead against Boca.
Stewards and riot police had to intervene to help divide the teams, and when things finally calmed down, the referee sent off three players from each side, as well as Boca coach Jorge Almiron.
River, coached by Martin Demichelis, won at home at the Estadio Monumental thanks to Miguel Borja’s penalty kick.
Borja kept his cool in the face of adversity, sending former Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero the wrong way in the 93rd minute, and it appears the brawl began in part as a result of Romero’s reaction.
Most of Borja’s teammates surrounded him as if it were a winning goal in the World Cup final as the stadium, which held 83,000 spectators, erupted in celebration..
Agustin Palavecino allegedly provoked the goalkeeper, and Romero responded by attempting to move him out of the way when the Boca team rushed to his defense.
After the game, Romero said, “We leave with a very bitter and sad feeling.” ‘Palavecino arrived to scream the goal in our faces. I reacted appropriately, going to grab him by the waist and explain why I was doing so. My teammates assumed I was going to fight, so they all showed up.’
RiverPlate vs Boca Juniors match ended in Six Red cards and unstoppable chaos
Romero colliding with Nicolas de la Cruz, a midfielder for River who represents Uruguay in international play, could have caused the brawl to worsen, but everyone was involved in a matter of seconds.
The referee sent off Agustin Palavecino, Ezequiel Ignacio Centurion, and Elias Gomez of River and Miguel Merentiel, Ezequiel Fernandez, and Nicolas Valentini of Boca after 19 minutes of added time.
‘Terrible madness came out from all sides, and luckily we were able to keep three important points in a Superclasico,’ River captain Enzo Perez said.
‘It is bad for the show. There were many players from both teams at stake. Also, there were the coaching staff and players who aren’t on the team.
‘We try to separate, calm down, so that some people go one way and others go the other.’
‘But it’s difficult when there are so many people who don’t have to be on the pitch’
Meanwhile, Demichelis rejected Romero’s words after the game.
‘I respect Sergio (Romero) and adore him,’ Demichelis said. ‘He knows a lot about me, both on and off the field.
‘I’m not sure what he was referring to when he said that. Passion can occasionally triumph over all obstacles due to the way the outcome was presented. We’d rather die because we can’t stand to lose in Argentina.
River got the game-winning penalty for a foul on Pablo Solari by Agustin Sanchez.
Despite the fact that second-place Ssn Lorenza have played one fewer game than River and Demichelis, Borja’s successful penalty gives them a nine-point lead.
Boca, on the other hand, is in 13th place in the standings.