Copa Libertadores 2023 final: Boca hopes for the Sergio ‘Chiquito’ Romero amulet

Argentina's Boca Juniors face Brazil's Fluminense in the Copa Libertadores 2023 final at Maracanà in Rio de Janeiro.

It will be Argentina against Brazil in the final of the Copa Libertadores 2023. The Brazilians of Fluminense will challenge the Argentinians of Boca Juniors, who enter the final act of the competition without ever having won a direct match within regular time.

If the Argentinian club reached the final of the competition, thanks also go to former Sampdoria and Venezia goalkeeper Sergio ‘Chiquito’ Romero. On the night between Thursday, the 5th, and Friday, the 6th of October, the last act of the most important semi-final of the season was played in South America to determine who would raise the 2023 Copa Libertadores to the skies on November 4th at the Maracanà in Rio de Janeiro.

Soccer players from two opposing teams in action on the field. One player in blue and gold jersey tries to advance with the ball, while two players in black and white stripes attempt to block him. The intensity of the match is evident in their expressions and movements.
Boca Juniors playing to win Copa Libertadores in 2021

And speaking of the final, here are the live football betting odds with the victory of Boca Juniors quoted at 11/4, the draw result is given at 12/5, and the victory of the Brazilians from Fluminense is given at 21/20. The Xeneizes therefore, start as favorites over their Brazilian rivals, despite the score of the head-to-head matches, showing that Fluminense has impressed better in terms of performances and results.

The eternal confrontation between Argentina and Brazil will decide who will go to heaven and who will go to hell. In the semi-final, Fluminense got the better of their compatriots of Internacional from Porto Alegre, while Boca Juniors got the better of the Brazilians from Palmeiras, avoiding a derby entirely made in Brazil in the final.

In the double match to decide who would qualify for the final, Fluminense drew 2-2 at home and then went on to win the final by winning 2-1 at José Pinheiro Borda in Porto Alegre. The extraordinary final comeback was decisive, defined by goals from John Kennedy and Cano, who turned the match around in the final minutes between the 81st and 87th minutes.

Soccer match in progress with a goalkeeper in green diving to make a save. In the foreground, players from both teams anticipate the result. Behind the goal, a passionate crowd of fans wearing various jerseys watch intently, their emotions captured in the moment.
Fluminense confronting Nacional Potosi in Copa Sudamericana on Maracana stadium

Boca Juniors, on the other hand, having passed the group stage of the Copa Libertadores, faced the direct elimination phase, winning the final without ever winning a match in the 90 minutes of regular time. In the round of sixteen, after a 0-0 draw at home to Uruguayans Nacional, they drew 2-2 at home before winning on penalties and progressing to the quarter-finals.

Even in the quarter-finals in the Argentinian derby against Racing Club, Boca recovered from a double 0-0 draw and then triumphed once again from eleven meters. The same story in the semi-final against Palmeiras, where the hero of the Argentines was the goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, always able to make a difference in goal. Nacional missed two out of 4 penalties, Racing only scored 1 out of 3, and Palmeiras players saw another two penalties saved.

The goalkeeper, who also played in Serie A, could really be the absolute protagonist of the final. Romero is the amulet of Boca Juniors.