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Miguel Ángel Russo’s team fell 2-0 to Arsenal in the Colombian’s first game since the leadership sidelined him from official competition.

The presence of Colombian Sebastian Villa as the starter and Mauro Zárate’s injury were the highlights of the friendly that Boca lost this Wednesday 2-0 to Arsenal, at the Xeneize club in Ezeiza.

It is the first time that Villa has participated in a match against another club since the Boca leaders determined that he would not play until Justice ruled on the case against him for gender violence, initiated by his former partner Daniela cortez. Town. The 24-year-old was not in any of the two friendly matches against Argentinos Juniors last week.

The game against Arsenal was played in two 40-minute halves and the goals of the visit were scored by Nicolás Miracco, at 19 minutes into the first half, and Facundo Pons, from a penalty, at 40 in the final half.

Miguel Angel Russo’s team formed with Agustín Rossi; Julio Buffarini, Lisandro López, Gastón Ávila, Emmanuel Mas; Nicolas Capaldo, Cristian Medina; Villa, Edwin Cardona and Mauro Zarate; Ramón Abila.

Arsenal, directed by Sergio Rondina, played with: Maximiliano Gagliardo (Alejandro Rivero); Ulises Abreliano, Fabio Pereyra (Ignacio Gariglio), Gastón Suso, Emiliano Papa (Leonardo Marchi): Mateo Carabajal, Facundo Kruspzky (Ramiro Luna), Alejo Antilef (again Pope), Nicolás Castro (Matias Belloso); Lucas Albertengo (Facundo Pons) and Nicolás Miracco (Kruspzky again).

At halftime, Zárate came out with a muscular discomfort and the medical team will carry out studies to rule out any more important injury. He was replaced by Mateo Retegui.

Holder in the official premiere of the Russo era, that January 27 against Independiente, Zárate could not play again from the beginning with a coach who knows him perfectly from Vélez. A tear in that tie with him Red and the stoppage due to the pandemic allowed him to play just six minutes against Godoy Cruz, in the only Xeneize match in the already truncated Super League Cup.

Atlético Mineiro He offered Boca $ 6 million tax-free for 50 percent of the forward’s tab. From the Soccer Council headed by Juan Román Riquelme as second vice president, it was asked who has an interest in the Colombian soccer player: the president of the club or the investment group that runs the soccer department.

It is that the highest authority of Mineiro, Sergio Sette Cámara, had declared three weeks ago that his club would not buy a footballer with problems of gender violence.

The rest of the Boca squad did not participate in the friendly against Arsenal and trained on other fields on the premises, including Carlos Tevez, Guillermo “Pol” Fernández and Carlos Izquierdoz, the three usually starters.

The squad will have free on Thursday and in practice on Friday the return of the players who participated with their teams in the first two dates of the South American Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup is expected.

The next friendly of those led by Russo will be on Saturday, from 9.30, against Estudiantes De Río Cuarto, again at the Ezeiza training center.

The next official meeting of the Argentine champion will be on the 22nd of this month, for the last date of Group H of the Copa Libertadores, which leads with 11 points, against Caracas, from 9:30 p.m., in the Bombonera.

With information from Télam

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