Corinthians deny Boca Libertadores win

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Corinthians have the upper hand over Boca Juniors going into the second leg of the 2012 Copa Libertadores final after snatching a late draw in Buenos Aires.


The Argentinean side took the lead in the 76th minute through a scrambled Facundo Roncalgia effort in a game that had been tight but entertaining at Boca’s famous Bombonera stadium.


The home side had done the majority of the attacking and could be excused for thinking the breakthrough would seal the points, but the visitors form Brazil had other ideas.


Romarinho (not Romario’s son, another one) has made a rapid rise to prominence in the past couple of weeks and was introduced with a little over seven minutes to go.


The 21-year-old’s ran on to a precise, well weighted through pass by Emerson Sheik and, with his first touch in the competition, dinked a delightful finish over the onrushing Boca ‘keeper, Agustin Orion.


La Bombonera is an intimidating venue at the best of times, but the sight of the delirious away fans celebrating the equaliser had a large number of home spectators gasping, including club legend Diego Maradona, who gave his own impressive show of joy when Roncaglia opened the scoring.


Pablo Mouche sent in an outswinging corner that caused havoc in the Corinthians box; Santiago Silva headed towards goal, it was blocked magnificently on the line by Chicao, only to bounce off the post and thrashed into the roof of the net by Roncaglia.


The side from Sao Paulo will be confident of winning the competition for the first time going back to the Estadio Pacaembu, having not lost there in the competition this season and there being no away goals rule in force.


Meanwhile, Boca's chance of matching fellow Argentineans Independiente’s record of seven title is now under serious threat.


The second leg will take place at the same time next week – see the highlights from this week's game in the video above.

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