Cuddling pitch invaders and the 44-penalty shoot-out

Hugs and relief for Riquelme's Boca

As fellow Four Four Two blogger Celso de campos Jr wrote in his excellent post yesterday the Copa Libertadores is a hugely important title for any Latin American team. It is the highlight of any teams, well, it would be no exageration to say, century. In the opening games the Argentine haven't exactly set the field alight (we'll leave that to the current heat wave, oh man it is hot here). Boca's opening game was no exception despite heading into the game with the confidence of a 4-0 whitewash over Argentinos (see below) at the weekend, and pretty much everyone in Argentine football falling over themselves to praise Riquelme as the best player in the league at the moment. Unfortunately against Maracaibo on Wednesday night, he had a particularly lacklustre performance, despite the one male fan who broke through the barriers on to the pitch and gave Riquelme a big hug, before being swiftly removed by the police. Man of the match Battaglia saved face in the last ten minutes of the game with a well earned knock in. Although it will be Mean Vitali's free kick that will be replayed again and again.

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