Boca and River in semi stalemate

Boca and River in semi stalemate
AFP

AFP

Fierce Argentinian rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana semi-final in Buenos Aires on Thursday.

With a place in the final at stake, neither side dominated the Estadio Alberto Jose Armando encounter and subsequently few chances were created.

The second leg, which will be played at River Plate’s El Monumental stadium, takes place next Thursday.

“We gave our best in every aspect, but it was harder than expected,” River Plate right-back Gabriel Mercado said.

“Now, we have to seal the key at our home. I cannot say now if a 0-0 is the best result for us, everything depends on what happens next week.”

“It was a fight in the midfield and the strong wind made it very difficult to play as we wanted,” Boca defender Juan Forlin said.

“We managed to take the pressure high and didn’t let them play. It was a tough match, very tough, but there is no tougher game than the Superclasico.”

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