River Plate vs. Boca Juniors, 2012 Super Clasico: Final score 2-2, visitors net dramatic stoppage time equalizer

Richard Heathcote

Walter Erviti netted a dramatic equalizer for Boca Juniors to clinch a stunning draw against River Plate.

In the first Super Clasico since their return to the Argentine Primera, River Plate had their hearts broken by Boca Juniors. Once again, Boca struggled going forward and their slow defense was exposed in the second half, but an incredible fightback saved a point, and perhaps Julio Cesar Falcioni's job, for Boca in a fantastic 2-2 draw.

The opening goal was scored just two minutes into the match by Leonardo Ponzio, who tricked Boca goalkeeper Agustin Orion on a free kick. Emiliano Albin brought down Ramiro Funes Mori on the tackle, and Mori had to leave the game injured as a result. Ponzio stepped up and curled a fantastic free kick to the near post, catching Orion wrong-footed as the ball whizzed into the back of the net.

Falcioni was sent off for bringing his team out late for the second half. Incredibly, that was only part of the reason the second half kickoff was delayed. Players also had to wait on the deflation of a gigantic pig. Eventually, the second half got underway, about five minutes late.

In the 70th minute, Rodrigo Mora scored what appeared to be a dagger in the side of Boca. Carlos Sanchez set him up with a through ball that he ran onto before placing a brilliant narrow-angle finish past Orion, putting River ahead 2-0.

There looked to be little way back into the match for Boca Juniors, but they were gifted a penalty in the 74th minute when Leandro Gonzalez took down Lautaro Acosta from behind in the box. Santiago Silva stepped up and converted the spot kick, giving Boca a chance to steal points.

It took until stoppage time, but the visitors eventually found a dramatic equalizer. They desperately pushed forward and got a lucky bounce off the head of Santiago Silva, since it certainly wasn't a header he knew much about, and if he was aware of what was happening, the ball certainly didn't do what he intended. It floated up in the air and dropped fortunately for Walter Erviti, who reacted to the ball's change in trajectory quicker than Marcelo Barovero and poked it into the back of the net.

The draw could be a potentially demoralizing one for River, who were well on top for most of the match. Boca only had one shot on target other than their open play goal and were poor going forward throughout.

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