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Copa Libertadores: Boca Juniors beats Velez Sarsfield 3-0

Copa Libertadores: Boca Juniors beats Velez Sarsfield 3-0

Goals by Juan Roman Riquelme, Martin Palermo and Clemente Rodriguez led Boca Juniors over Velez Sarsfield 3-0 in a second-round clash of Copa Libertadores soccer on Wednesday.
Riquelme booted in the opening score in the ninth minute, beating Velez goalkeeper Gaston Sessa with a hard-angled shot from inside the area to the delight of 40,000 mainly Boca fans.
In the 24th, Sessa rushed at Boca striker Rodrigo Palacio, blocking an attempted shot with his body but hitting Palacio on the head with his foot.
Palacio, though not seriously hurt, bled from a gash on the head and referee Hector Baldassi immediately expelled Sessa. Palermo blew the ensuing penalty kick, his shot soaring high over the crossbar.
In the second half, Boca dominated play but Sessa's replacement, Sebastian Peratta, made several saves.
But in the 60th, Palermo scored off a crisply angled header after a right pass from Pablo Ledesma.
Rodriguez got the third goal with a sprint down the left flank into the area and a right-footed shot that rippled the net.
They meet next Wednesday at the Velez stadium to determine which club advances to the quarterfinals of Latin America's club championship.
Boca, a five-time Copa Libertadores champion, reached the second round after placing second in Group 7 behind Toluca of Mexico. Velez, which won the Copa Libertadores once, qualified from Group 4.


Updated : 2020-11-30 14:07 GMT+08:00