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Once again Boca Juniors failed in their attempt to win the Copa Libertadores de América and this time they left the competition earlier by failing to eliminate Corinthians in the round of 16. They went to penalties and after finishing that game the community manager of the Brazilian club made fun of the Argentines.
After equalizing 0-0 in 180 minutes of the series, they had to resort to penalty kicks at the legendary La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires. In that round, Timão prevailed 6-5 after eight charges executed.
The great protagonist of the night for the negative was Darío Benedetto, the Boca striker missed a precise cross from Zeballos under the goal at 18 ‘, then at 32 ‘he sent a direct penalty to the goalkeeper’s left post.
And to end the disastrous night, he sent to the highest part of La Bombonera the fifth penalty that would have given Boca Juniors a pass. After this series of misfortunes, the Cortinthians CM made fun of Benedetto by publishing a club membership card with a photo of the Boca striker and his full name.
They put “Thank you” in the post and gave him the number 16,271 as a member of the team. This caused controversy in the fans of Boca and also in the Argentine press.
Coach Sebastián Battaglia explained the decision of ‘Pipa’ Benedetto: “It was his decision to kick the fifth penalty. He was confident and we always give confidence to everyone. Today it could not be given to him, they are those nights where perhaps things do not work out, but the decision was his..
And since the situation did not end there, before that trill they put on the chorus of a famous Argentine song, adapted to Corinthians: “Boca, tell me what it feels like. Have your dad at home.”
Benedetto’s penalty was compared to the one taken by Sergio Ramos in the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich. That woke up the memero guild.
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