Fluminense fans celebrate historic win over Boca JuniorsMarch 8th, 2012 - 6:44 pm ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, March 8 (IANS) Football fans across Brazil were glued to the television screens as Fluminense travelled to face Argentinean football powerhouse Boca Juniors in the Libertadores Cup. Fluminense beat the Argentinian club 2-1.
Fluminense’s improbable victory Wednesday put an end to Boca Junior’s 36-game undefeated streak at home in the La Bombonera stadium that lasted nearly one year. The last time that Boca Juniors lost at home was April 11, 2011 (1-2 against Lanus).
Fluminense also enters the exclusive list of Brazilian teams that have been able to beat Boca Juniors at home during the Libertadores Cup. The only other two Brazilian teams to done so are Santos and Paysandu, Xinhua reported.
Fred and Deco were exalted for their performance in the game. Deco served a perfect assist to Fred off a free kick in the 9th minute. Freeing himself from the Boca Juniors defence, Fred headed the ball perfectly under the diving arms of keeper Orion.
Boca Juniors tied the match in the opening minute of the second half when veteran and team captain Riquelme’s free kick slammed off the goalpost and back to teammate Somoza who quickly drove the ball into the Fluminense goal.
Deco gave his team the lead again in the 54th minute. After receiving the ball from Wellington Nem, the wide-open midfielder set up his shot and expertly placed it into the far left side of the goal and past an unexpecting Orion.
Boca Juniors desperately attempted to find the equalizer, but Fluminense’s defence was alert. On multiple occasions the Argentineans had the ball within a feet of the goal. However, miscommunication and perhaps nerves prevented the Boca Juniors from scoring.