23 de mayo de 2019
Hispanic World

Boca Juniors gets on track in Copa Libertadores with 1-0 win over Junior

Buenos Aires, Apr 5 (efe-epa).- Argentine club Boca Juniors got a goal midway through the first half in a 1-0 victory here over Colombian side Junior in Copa Libertadores Group H action.

Buenos Aires, Apr 5 (efe-epa).- Argentine club Boca Juniors got a goal midway through the first half in a 1-0 victory here over Colombian side Junior in Copa Libertadores Group H action.

Boca took charge of play in midfield immediately thanks to precision passing at La Bombonera on Wednesday night, but it had difficulty penetrating the Baranquilla club's defense until Cristian Pavon struck in the 27th minute.

On the play, the 22-year-old striker received the ball on the left side, created a sliver of space around one defender and fired a curving, right-footed blast that entered the goal just inside the far upright.

Midfielder Pablo Perez and striker Ramon Abila then had chances to increase Boca's lead late in the first half, while midfielder Emanuel Reynoso picked apart Junior's defense with superb passing early in the second.

But the momentum shifted thanks to the play of forward Teofilo Gutierrez, who began spearheading the visitors' attack and nearly equalized on a shot that traveled just wide of the mark.

Junior then dodged a bullet in the 66th minute when Abila earned a penalty on a foul by defender Jonathan Avila but sent his shot from the 12-yard mark over the crossbar.

A few minutes later, Junior head coach Alexis Mendoza sent on Uruguayan striker Jonathan Alvez and Yony Gonzalez in a last-ditch effort to get the ball in the back of the net, but the tying goal proved elusive.

Round-robin action in Group H of the 2018 Copa Libertadores - South America's premier club soccer tournament - will resume when Boca Juniors (four points) is hosted by first-placed Brazilian side Palmeiras (six points) on April 11 in Sao Paulo.

Eight days later, Junior will seek its first points when it visits Peruvian club Alianza Lima (one point).

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