Two of Carlos Tevez’s former sides will meet in this year’s Copa Libertadores final next week.
South America’s version of the Champions League had the second legs of its semi-finals this week, with Boca Juniors and Corinthians booking their places in the biggest tie in club football on the continent.
Corinthians were the first to qualify, doing so for the first time in the club’s history, when they defeated current holders of the trophy Santos in an all-Brazilian semi-final.
Tevez played for the club from Sao Paulo for two years while they had a controversial partnership with investors Media Spots Investment [MSI], whose involvement in the club allowed them to sign the Argentinean from Boca Juniors.
They were crowned Campeonato Brasileiro champions while he was there, but the relationship with MSI turned sour and Tevez departed for another controversial move, this time to West Ham United.
Corinthians won the first leg at Santos’ home ground, the Vila Belmiro, thanks to an exquisite curling finish into the top corner by forward Emerson.
They then withstood a Neymar-shaped onslaught in the second leg at home, with Danilo cancelling out the rising superstar’s first half opener, to go through 2-1 on aggregate.
Meanwhile, Tevez’s first professional club, Boca Juniors, were in action against Universidad de Chile, running out 2-0 victors at the famous La Bombonera in Buenos Aires.
Santiago Silva and Juan Sanchez Miño were the scorer in either half to take a healthy lead into the second leg in Santiago.
Despite both sides having good opportunities to open the scoring, the game played out to a goalless draw and took Boca into a record equalling tenth final.
Against any other team, Tevez may be rooting for former club Corinthians, but there will be no doubt as to which team he will be urging on.
“My biggest wish is to finish my career in the Boca shirt," he told FoxSports recently.
“I am still thinking the same as when I left, I want to retire here. I am here for whatever Boca need.”
The first leg will be played on Wednesday in Buenos Aires at La Bombonera, while the return leg at Pacaembu in Sao Paulo will be a week later.
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