Boca and Racing tied goalless after the first 45 minutes

Boca, who raised their level of play and that was reflected in their results, and Racing, undefeated and with a luxurious walk at times, equaled without goals after the first 45 minutes of play, in a classic of opposite styles in the first semifinal of the Cup of the Professional Football League (LPF).

The match is played at the Lanús stadium, it is refereed by Facundo Tello from Bahia and televised by the ESPN Premium signal.

The classic between the “Xeneizes” and “La Academia” has several seasonings, one of them very special, the presence of both fans in the stands, which will add a unique color to the tie.

In the event that the match ends tied, a penalty shootout will be used.

The winner will play the final in Córdoba next weekend against the team that wins the second semifinal that Tigre and Argentinos Juniors will star on Sunday, on the Huracán field, in the Parque de los Patricios neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

The domestic tournament entered the definition zone, with exciting head-to-head matches due to the adrenaline they generate and some surprises such as the quick elimination of River Plate and Estudiantes de La Plata in the quarterfinals, at the hands of Tigre and Argentinos, respectively, and in both cases having been local.

However, in the cases of Boca and Racing, they reached the semifinals without being startled but after having traveled dissimilar paths.

On the Boca side, he was second in Zone B behind “Pincha” with a campaign that included only one loss and too many draws, which generated questions for coach Sebastián Battaglia.

In any case, Boca never ran the risk of not getting through the group stage and solved it well, with an improvement in their game that translated into four consecutive victories, one for the Copa Libertadores and three in the local tournament, the last in the quarterfinals. of final on Defense and Justice (2-0).

On the Racing side, under the leadership of a former player identified with Boca all his life, Fernando Gago, now in his new role as DT, achieved an almost perfect performance that allowed him to win Zone A undefeated and then overwhelm in the quarterfinals. final to Aldosivi of Mar del Plata by a resounding 5 to 0.

Gago’s Racing overcame questions at the beginning of the cycle, last year, and found a backbone that gave them solidity and results, with a campaign that in the group stage included eight wins and six draws.

Goalkeeper Gastón “Chila” Gómez, central defenders Leo Sigali and Emiliano Insúa, forwards Enzo Copetti and Gabriel Hauche, now injured and inactive, and the entire midfield with Leonel Miranda, Aníbal Moreno and Carlos Alcaraz are the high points of “The Academy ” in the construction of a dynamic and offensive football.

For this semifinal, Gago matures the possibility of making a variant in relation to the formation that thrashed the Mar del Plata team and it would be the entry of the Uruguayan Fabricio Domínguez by the Paraguayan Matías Rojas.

On the Boca side, Battaglia will also modify the starting 11 that he used in the previous series with the entry of Juan Ramírez for Eduardo “Toto” Salvio and Darío “Pipa” Benedetto will also play despite the fact that after the match against Defense and Justice he trained little and nothing for muscle discomfort.

In addition, the Peruvian Carlos Zambrano will continue in the starting team in the central defense along with Marcos Rojo, beyond the fact that Carlos Izquierdoz is ready to play, although he will surely be preserved for Tuesday’s match for the Copa Libertadores against Corinthians.

An even game is presumed, between a less vertical Boca but with hierarchical players capable of solving a tie, such as Benedetto or the Colombian Sebastián Villa, and a rival like Racing that bets on team play and attacks the 90 minutes.

The history of clashes between Boca and Racing in official tournaments is 180 matches, with 83 wins for the “Xeneizes”, 55 for “La Academia” and 42 draws.


-Mouth: Agustín Rossi; Luis Advíncula, Carlos Zambrano, Marcos Rojo and Frank Fabra; Guillermo “Pol” Fernández, Alan Varela, Juan Ramírez and Oscar Romero; Dario Benedetto and Sebastian Villa. DT: Sebastian Battaglia.

-Racing: Gaston Gomez; Facundo Mura, Leonardo Sigali, Emiliano Insúa and Gonzalo Piovi; Leonel Miranda, Aníbal Moreno, Carlos Alcaraz and Matías Rojas; Enzo Copetti and Tomas Chancalay. DT: Fernando Gago.

Referee: Facundo Tello.
Field: Lanus.
Start time: 17.
TV: ESPN Premium.

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