Barcelona vs. Boca Juniors – Football Match Report – December 14, 2021

Boca Juniors beat Barcelona on penalties to win the inaugural Diego Maradona Cup in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after tying 1-1 in regular time.

Goalkeeper Augustin Rossi saved Mateus Pereira’s penalty before Guillem Jaime netted the winning goal for Boca, who scored all four shootouts.

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Ferran Gutgla gave Barcelona the lead early in the second half, but Exquiel Zebalos equalized 15 minutes ago to lead the match to a penalty shootout.

The match, which was held in Mrsoul Park in Riyadh, was arranged to honor the late Maradona, who passed away on November 25 last year.

Considered one of the best players to ever play the game, Maradona played for both Barcelona and Boca in a professional career that spanned from 1976 to 1997.

He played twice with Boca, between 1981 and 1982 and again between 1995 and 1997. He joined Barcelona from Boca in 1982, and spent two seasons with the Spanish club before signing for Napoli.

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez took advantage of the match against the Argentine team to deliver the first appearance to Dani Alves, who returned to the club at the age of 38 last month.

The Brazil international is unable to play competitively until January when the registration window opens again in Spain, but he can play in Tuesday’s show.

Alves was one of Barcelona’s 11 substitutions and a draw with Osasuna on Sunday as Xavi opted to keep most of his squad ahead of Saturday’s La Liga match against Elche at the Camp Nou.

The first half, in which Alves was the best player, opened after the break, with Jutgla, a summer signing from Espanyol, and he opened the scoring in the 50th minute.

Philippe Coutinho touched a cross from Alves but the referee missed it, allowing Gottla to spin and shoot his first goal in favor of Barcelona.

Elias Akhomach and Yottagla missed two chances to double Barcelona’s lead, while Neto missed Sebastian Villa’s lead before Zeballos turned Frank Fabra’s cross into the net to put it on her way to the penalty shootout.

Marcos Rojo, Carlos Izquierdos, Christian Pavon and Aaron Molinas scored for Sebastian Battaglia’s team, while Matthews and Gillem missed Barcelona.

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