“Boca Juniors is a giant, and we must never gave up for dead.” That speech was part of the statements of Gustavo Costas, Barcelona’s coach, regarding the golden strip team that will play with “Los Toreros” team tomorrow at the Monumental stadium, for Group 1 of the Copa Libertadores.
This will be the fourth visit of the xeneizes to Guayaquil, to face Barcelona Sporting Club, in 63 years. The greatests idols of Argentina and Ecuador, according to statistics, both has accomplished a victory, a tie and a defeat in the three previous meetings in Ecuador.
The last match played by the two giant was also for the Libertadores Cup, a decade ago, with little involvement of the yellow fans because the idol of ‘El Astillero’ was already out of the tournament. Tomorrow is expected a massive attendance to the Monumental Stadium.
Both Barcelona and Boca are not going well in their local tournaments. The Team of technical director, Carlos Bianchi is eleventh, with four points from three dates (one draw, one win and one loss). Barcelona’s Coach Gustavo Costas strategy is putting limits on Boca, pressing in all sectors to reduce the resolution spaces. Barcelona have to use their local status as an advantage.
The Canary Coach also noted the several losses in the national championship. “We lost to Deportivo Quito, but it has only been five dates. We won the championship on last season and that players were allowed to take one heavy backpack off, as Barcelona was fourteen seasons without a crown in Ecuador, ” said the Argentine.
BARCELONA 1, BOCA 5 in the Capwell Staduim
December 20th, 1950, the two rivals clashed for the first time in Guayaquil. The visitors achieved the victory with goals from Juan José Ferraro (3), Mark Busico and Duilio Benitez. The goal for Barcelona was scored by Isidro Matute. It was the first international game in the professional era in Ecuador.
BARCELONA 3, BOCA 2, Modelo Stadium
The second visit was on December 20th, 32 years ago. Boca came as Metropolitan tournament champion for a friendly Match and brought his star Diego Armando Maradona. Galo Vasquez, Flavio Perlaza and Jorge Ramoa (against) scored for Barcelona. Oscar Ruggeri and Hugo Perotti, scored for Boca.
BARCELONA 2, BOCA 2, Monumental Stadium
The third Match in Guayaquil was the first official of Copa Libertadores, with Barcelona already eliminated. Franco and Alfredo Moreno Cangele scored the goals for the visitors; Ariel Graziani and Guillermo Morigi, for the Idol of Ecuador.
Boca, who won the Libertadores Cup in the same year, brought Guillermo Schelotto and Roberto “El Pato” Abbondanzieri, among others.