Racing Stuns Boca Juniors in La Bombonera

Over the decades, Boca Juniors' stadium La Bombonera has built a reputations as one of the most difficult places to play in the world. Despite the building's famous reputation and aura, Racing Club has been unfazed of late, claiming a 2-1 victory over Boca for the second time in less than six months at the historic venue.

The match was the debut of new Boca coach Claudio Borghi in front of the home fans, and after Lucas Viatri had put Los Xeneizes ahead with a looping header from Clemente Rodriguez's cross inside 10 minutes, things looked comfortable for Boca. As the game wore on, however, the difficulty of trying to gel six new signings into a starting line-up and adapt to an unorthodox 3-4-1-2 formation employed by Borghi caught up with the Buenos Aires giants, and Racing pulled back into the match.

The club from Avallaneda was unveiling a new signing of its own in Colombia international Giovanni Moreno. The former Atletico Nacional man looked a bit off the pace for his new side, but he showed some good flicks and touches before playing a part in La Academia's equalizer just after the half hour mark. The lanky playmaker whipped in a free kick across the face of goal that captain Claudio Yacob bundled in at the far put, although replays showed the 2007 Under 20 World Cup winner was offsides. Despite protests from the Boca players and fans, the goal stood and Racing rejoiced.

In the second half, Racing continued to carry the momentum and Giovanni should have been awarded a penalty just moments after the restart, but referee Sergio Pezzotta turned a blind eye, perhaps a make up call for Racing's off side goal. Racing continued to look for the go-ahead strike and got it three minutes later when Clement Rodriguez committed an horrendous error by failing to deal with a lose ball in the area, which allowed Marcos Cacares to blast an unstoppable shot into the top corner to complete the turn around.

Frustrated by defensive incompetence for the second straight week, Borghi began throwing on attackers in Pablo Mouche and Marcelo Canete, but the Blue and Gold still failed to create chances, with the better opportunities continuing to fall to Racing. Lucas Castroman saw his shot flash just inches wide of the far post in the 78th minute, before being denied by Boca's new keeper Cristian Lucchetti nine minutes from time as Racing came agonizingly close to double its lead.

In the end, Racing walked out of the match with six points from two games and pull level with Banfield at the top of the table during the early going of the Apertura. The long suffering fans of La Academia will look forward to a tournament that sees their team as one of the favorites to lift the trophy, especially as Giovanni develops and adapts to the Argentine game.

Boca on the other hand, will be extremely concerned. Through two matches, the team looks completely lost offensively without the injured Juan Roman Riquelme, while defensively they look as shaky as ever despite the signings of four new defenders and a new goalkeeper. Borghi may also begin to rethink not only his tactical formation, but his decision to deploy both Viatri and captain Martin Palermo up front. The two are classic penalty area strikers and offer very little in the way of build up play.

It may indeed be back to the drawing board for Borghi and Boca as they await the return of Riquelme, until then, things could continue to be difficult.

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