Boca y Racing will star this Saturday in a great classic of Argentine football, corresponding to the first semifinal of the Professional Football League Cup (LPF). A game that everyone wants to see.
The match will be played This Saturday from 5:00 p.m. at the Lanús stadium, it will be refereed by Facundo Tello and televised by signal ESPN Premium.
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The classic between Xeneize and La Academia it will have several condimentsone of them very special, the presence of both fans in the stands, which will give a unique color to the tie.
In the event that the match ends in a draw, a penalty shootout will be used.
As for Boca, what is not yet resolved is whether he will play Sebastian Villawhich this Friday was reported for gender violence, sexual abuse and attempted murder.
The League Cup begins to be defined
The winner of the duel between Boca and Racing will play the final in Córdoba next weekend against the team that wins the second semi-final, which will star on Sunday Tigre and Argentine Juniorson the Hurricane field.
The domestic tournament entered the definition zone, with exciting head-to-head matches due to the adrenaline they generate and some surprises such as the rapid elimination of River and Estudiantes de La Plata in the quarterfinals, at the hands of Tigre and Argentinos, respectively, and in both cases having been local.
How Boca arrives at the match with Racing
Boca was second in Zone B behind Pincha with a campaign that included only one loss and too many draws, that raised questions for coach Sebastián Battaglia.
Anyway, Boca never ran the risk of not passing the group stage and he resolved it well, with an improvement in his game that translated into four consecutive victories, one for the Copa Libertadores and three in the local tournament, the last in the quarterfinals over Defense and Justice (2-0).
On the Boca side, Battaglia will also modify the starting 11 he used in the previous series with the entry of Juan Ramírez for Eduardo Salvio and Darío Benedetto will also play despite the fact that after the match against Defense and Justice he trained little and nothing due to muscle discomfort .
In addition, the Peruvian Carlos Zambrano will continue in the starting team in the central defense along with Marcos Rojo, beyond the fact that Carlos Izquierdoz is ready to play, although he will surely be preserved for Tuesday’s match for the Copa Libertadores against Corinthians.
An even game is presumed, between a less vertical Boca but with hierarchical players capable of solving a tie, such as Benedetto or the Colombian Sebastián Villa, and a rival like Racing that bets on team play and attacks the 90 minutes.
How Racing arrives at the match with Boca
Fernando Gago achieved an almost perfect performance that allowed him to win Zone A undefeated and then crush Aldosivi from Mar del Plata in the quarterfinals by a resounding 5-0.
Racing de Gago overcame questions at the beginning of the cycle, last year, and found a backbone that gave him solidity and resultswith a campaign that in the group stage included eight wins and six draws.
Goalkeeper Gastón Gómez, central defenders Leo Sigali and Emiliano Insúa, forwards Enzo Copetti and Gabriel Hauche, now injured and inactive, and the entire midfield with Leonel Miranda, Aníbal Moreno and Carlos Alcaraz are the high points of La Academia in the construction of a dynamic and offensive football.
For the semifinal this Saturday, Gago matures the possibility of making a variant in relation to the formation that thrashed the Mar del Plata team and it would be the entry of the Uruguayan Fabricio Domínguez for the Paraguayan Matias Rojas.
The history of clashes between Boca and Racing in official tournaments is 180 matches, with 83 wins for the Xeneizes, 55 for La Academia and 42 draws.
Boca-Racing: the formations
Boca: Agustin Rossi; Luis Advíncula, Carlos Zambrano, Marcos Rojo and Frank Fabra; Guillermo “Pol” Fernández, Alan Varela, Juan Ramírez and Oscar Romero; Dario Benedetto and Sebastian Villa. DT: Sebastián Battaglia.
Racing: Gaston Gomez; Facundo Mura, Leonardo Sigali, Emiliano Insua and Gonzalo Piovi; Leonel Miranda, Hannibal Moreno, Carlos Alcaraz and Matthias Rojas or Fabricio Dominguez; Enzo Copetti and Thomas Chancalay. DT: Fernando Gago.