Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Boca's Return To Glory Is 90 Mintues Away

That's all Boca Juniors has to get through tonight to lift it's 6th Copa Libertadores. But it won't be easy, this year's Libertadores has seen a ton of goals, and if Boca can win the first-leg 3-0 at home, you can bet that Gremio can return the favor in the second-leg. Marcela Mora y Araujo sends out a warning here.

Possibly the most important stat of the final is that the Brazilian side failed to score at la Bombonera. This of course means that any score by los Xeneizes will most likely see them happy by the end of the night.

The key for Boca tonight will be to soak up the intense pressure that Gremio will put them under in the first 10 to 15 minutes of the game. Then it'll be a question of how much possession the Argentines can muster, as well as how quick they can break out of the back to try to catch the Brazilians napping. It should be a pretty fun game to watch knowing that one team has no choice but to attack.

These are the probable lineups:
GREMIO: Sebastian Saja; Patricio, Teco, William, Lucio; Diego Gavilan, Lucas, Tcheco, Diego Souza; Tuta and Carlos Eduardo.

BOCA: Mauricio Caranta; Hugo Ibarra, Daniel Diaz, Morel Rodriguez, Clemente Rodriguez; Pablo Ledesma, Ever Banega, Neri Cardozo; Juan Roman Riquelme; Rodrigo Palacio and Martin Palermo.

Referee: Oscar Ruiz (Colombia)
The match will be kicking off in less than three hours. It's going to be shown Live on FOX Sports en Espanol, the broadcast begins at 8:30pm ET.

Riquelme on target as Boca beat Gremio 3-0 [Reuters]
Boca's victory is as uncertain as Riquelme's future [Guardian Sport Blog]


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