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Argentina: Boca Jrs hold River Plate to draw in Superclasico stalemate

Argentina, Buenos Aires
September 02, 2019 at 10:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

Some 70,000 fans packed into the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires on Sunday to see Boca Juniors hold out against bitter rivals River Plate.

Despite River having home advantage, nearly 65 percent possession and dozens of shots, Boca managed to hold out a take a point.

"They play like that, they attack you with a lot of people, they go wide and down the flanks. The wingers come inwards to look for triangles and the two strikers constantly make diagonal runs," said Boca Juniors defender Carlos Izquierdoz.

River Plate trainer Marcelo Gallardo "was not surprised" by opponents strategy but admitted missed chances had hurt his team.

The pair are set to meet again on October 2 and October 23 in the Copa Libertadores, South America's continental competition.

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Some 70,000 fans packed into the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires on Sunday to see Boca Juniors hold out against bitter rivals River Plate.

Despite River having home advantage, nearly 65 percent possession and dozens of shots, Boca managed to hold out a take a point.

"They play like that, they attack you with a lot of people, they go wide and down the flanks. The wingers come inwards to look for triangles and the two strikers constantly make diagonal runs," said Boca Juniors defender Carlos Izquierdoz.

River Plate trainer Marcelo Gallardo "was not surprised" by opponents strategy but admitted missed chances had hurt his team.

The pair are set to meet again on October 2 and October 23 in the Copa Libertadores, South America's continental competition.

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M/S Bocas Juniors player Carlos Izquierdoz in 'El Monumental' stadium after match in Buenos Aires

SOT, Carlos Izquierdoz, Boca Juniors player (Spanish): "Our idea was that. Recover [the ball], grab them open and be able to find spaces to attack but we were not as precise as we wanted. A little credit to them that made us drop back so we had trouble going forward."

SOT, Carlos Izquierdoz, Boca Juniors player (Spanish): "They play like that, they attack you with a lot of people, they go wide and down the flanks. The wingers come inwards to look for triangles and the two strikers constantly make diagonal runs. In that aspect we had to be focused and we did it. They had some chances but they didn't generate as many as us either."

M/S Boca Juniors technical director Gustavo Alfaro

SOT, Gustavo Alfaro, Boca Juniors manager (Spanish): "River are a solid team, with five years of work together, at a very high peak of confidence and we are a team that are looking for its dimension or its reshaping."

SOT, Gustavo Alfaro, Boca Juniors manager (Spanish): "It is a classic where I personally leave with many positive conclusions, in giving and taking, of things I have to do with the players to work with them in the face of what will happen or will begin to happen in 30 days."

SOT, Marcelo Gallardo, River Plate trainer (Spanish): "I was not surprised by his [Alfaro's] position regarding the possibilities or the initial approach with the players who started playing."

SOT, Marcelo Gallardo, River Plate trainer (Spanish): "We always try, it is our search. Then I can't stop valuing that. It does not help me to talk about the opposition because we have to have the tools to try to cope with them or surprise them with a solid defensive approach. We missed a chance, if we scored a goal the question would have been different, but we lacked that today and some freshness."

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