Deportes Tolima leaves for a luxury triumph against Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores
Boca Juniors, who will not have Carlos Tévez through injury, will try to seal this Wednesday with a victory against the dying Deportes Tolima, his passage to the second round of the Copa Libertadores.
The ‘Xeneize’, runner-up of the Copa Libertadores 2018, counts seven points in four days and a victory would leave him in the next round because it would reach 10 and would be unattainable for Tolima, who has four, and for Jorge Wilstermann, last of the group with two units.
Al Deportes Tolima only serves to win to have options to qualify and a draw would leave him with no chance to stay alive in the tournament that only won for Colombia Atlético Nacional and Once Caldas.
Despite the scrolls of Boca Juniors, the Tolima fans are apathetic because a large part of the tickets, 25,000, have not been purchased.
El Boca arrived in Cali on Monday, from where it was scheduled to travel to Ibagué, but due to bad weather the plane on which the school was going was diverted to Bogotá, so the bostera delegation spent the night in the capital and went to I went on Tuesday afternoon.
The main loss of the Buenos Aires team is that of Carlos Tevez, who did not manage to recover from a knee injury, and neither will center Paolo Goltz and the Colombian midfielder Jorman Campuzano.
The coach of the Argentine team, Gustavo Alfaro, arrived in Colombia with 20 players led by Mauro Zárate, who scored a double last Friday in the 2-0 win over Estudiantes Río Cuarto in the Copa Argentina, and end Sebastián Villa, who will play for the first time in Ibague after leaving Tolima last year.
They also include goalkeeper Esteban Andrada, center Lisandro Lopez, Colombian winger Frank Fabra, midfielder Iván Marcone and striker Darío Benedetto.
Deportes Tolima faces the game at a time of constant ups and downs in which, for example, won by 1-2 as a visitor last Wednesday the leader of the Colombian league, the Millionaires, but then tied 2-2 at home to the Alliance Oil in a game in which he had a weak performance.
The Ibague team currently occupies second place in the Apertura Tournament with 29 points and is one step away from qualifying for the semifinals.
Tolima coach Alberto Gamero will not have Daniel Cataño, Costa Rican midfielder Juan Pablo Vargas and Danovis Banguero sidelined due to injury, but recovered defender Sergio Mosquera, who had missed the last two games by a muscular discomfort
Among the players that excel in the Ibague team are striker Marco Pérez, who has seven goals in 2019, the Venezuelan winger Luis “Cariaco” González, of outstanding performances, and the goalkeeper Álvaro Montero, whose good work has earned him to become with one of the places of the calls of the Colombian selection.
The last time Boca Juniors and Tolima met was on March 12, on the second date of Group G, when the Argentine team thrashed the Colombian 3-0 with an own goal by Marco Pérez and goals by Benedetto and Zárate.