Boca Juniors Vs. Corinthians, 2012 Copa Libertadores Final: First Leg Ends In 1-1 Draw

Boca took a 2nd half lead, but Romarinho equalized for Corinthians with his first ever touch in the competition.

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Boca Juniors Vs. Corinthians, 2012 Copa Libertadores: Final Score, Thriller Ends In 1-1 Draw

Those assuming that Santos and Universidad de Chile would provide an entertaining Copa Libertadores final, while actual finalists Boca Juniors and Corinthians would provide a dull and negative final, were proven wrong on Wednesday by a fantastic match at La Bombonera. Boca took a lead in the second half, but were undone by second-half substitute Romarinho in a 1-1 draw.

Boca were well on top in the first half, playing most of the period on their end of the pitch. Corinthians defended well, however, and the home side struggled to create shots. Rolando Schiavi had a header sail over the bar in the 2nd minute and Santiago Silva had a great overhead kick blocked in the 35th minute, but Boca struggled to test Cassio.

They eventually found their breakthrough in the 72nd minute, through a man who probably should have been sent off. Fernando Roncaglia, who narrowly avoided a second yellow card on multiple occasions between his booking in the 18th minute and his goal in the 72nd, scored off of a rebound after a corner kick. Corinthians defender Chicao appeared to handle the ball off the line after a corner and could have been sent off, but the referee let play continue, allowing Roncaglia to finish from close range to give Boca the lead.

Romarinho, a relative unknown outside of the Corinthians fanbase until last week, came into the game in the 82nd minute. He scored twice on the weekend and kept up that momentum with another stunning goal, scored in the 84th minute. With his first touch of the ball in Copa Libertadores, he hit a great finish in the 84th minute, giving his team a vital goal headed home.

The away goals rule is not in effect in the final of the Copa Libertadores, but Corinthians will be happy with their away draw and the knowledge that any win at home will see them lift the trophy for the first time in their history.

You can find our previous coverage in our Boca Juniors vs. Corinthians, 2012 Copa Libertadores Final StoryStream. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.

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Boca Juniors Vs. Corinthians, 2012 Copa Libertadores Final: Halftime Score, 0-0 As Expected

Boca Juniors and Corinthians are tied at 0-0 through the first 45 minutes of the Copa Libertadores final as expected, but there's been plenty of intrigue early in the match. Boca are attacking much more than anyone could have expected, while Corinthians made a surprising first-half tactical sub. The home side should also be down a man, but were let off easily by the referee.

Boca got off to a quick start, winning a free kick in the first minute, which resulted in Rolando Schiavi heading just over the bar 70 seconds in. Paulinho had the first big chance for Corinthians in the eighth minute with a great shot from 30 yards out. Agustín Orion was caught a bit off guard by the attempt and reacted a split-second late, but recovered well and made a fantastic save. Things settled down a bit after that, especially for Corinthians, as Boca began to control the game. They committed numbers forward and looked good in possession, but Corinthians have defended well and there haven't been any clear chances.

Santiago Silva almost scored on a spectacular bicycle kick in the 35th minute, but was denied. Juan Román Riquelme started the move with a great ball down the right flank for Pablo Mouche, who hit a cross to the back post. Silva timed his acrobatic overhead kick perfectly, but the Corinthians defense was in position to make a block.

In the 39th minute, Corinthians made a shocking switch when Liédson came on for Jorge Henrique, a like-for-like switch up top. Jorge Henrique was silent in the opening minutes, but did not appear to be injured, so the substitution came as a huge surprise.

Facundo Roncaglia picked up a yellow card in the 18th minute and should have picked up a second in the 41st minute, but was let off by a referee obviously averse to significantly altering the final with an early red card. He took down Emerson from behind with a very cynical challenge, and the entire Corinthians team was incensed that he wasn't booked. Incredibly, during the argument between the two sides and the referee, no Corinthians players were booked for their protests, but Riquelme was shown a yellow card.

We'll have live coverage throughout the match in our Boca Juniors vs. Corinthians, 2012 Copa Libertadores Final StoryStream. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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Boca Juniors Vs. Corinthians, 2012 Copa Libertadores Final: Lineups

Boca Juniors and Corinthians' best teams are rested and ready to go for Wednesday's first leg of the 2012 Copa Libertadores final. Juan Román Riquelme starts in the hole for Boca after sitting out over the weekend. He'll have tough competition with Corinthians' tough central midfield pair of Ralf and Paulinho. If Boca is going to score from open play, it will probably come from Riquelme, and he's going to struggle to find the ball against those two.

Boca Juniors Lineup (4-3-1-2): Agustín Orión; Clemente Rodríguez, Matías Caruzzo, Facundo Roncaglia, Rolando Schiavi; Walter Erviti, Pablo Ledesma, Leandro Somoza; Juan Román Riquelme; Pablo Mouche, Santiago Silva

Corinthians Lineup (4-2-2-2): Cássio; Chicao, Leandro Castán, Fábio Santos, Alessandro; Ralf, Paulinho; Alex, Danilo; Jorge Henrique, Emerson

Kickoff is at 8:50 p.m. ET from La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, Argentina. You can catch the game on FOX Deportes in the United States.

We'll have live coverage throughout the match in our Boca Juniors vs. Corinthians, 2012 Copa Libertadores Final StoryStream. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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