Boca Juniors and Corinthians drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final at La Bombonera, a result the Brazilian team celebrated more than its Argentine host.
A late goal by young
forward Romarinho saw Corinthians level after Boca was on the brink of
midfielder Paulinho made
Corinthians coach Tite was forced to replace injured
But in the 73rd minute Boca took the lead.
After a corner kick by
The ball rebounded to defender Roncaglia, though, who crashe in the rebound to delight the home fans.
Ten minutes later, Romarinho came on for Danilo to add some speed to the Corinthians attack.
On 85 minutes Paulinho stole the ball off
The 21-year-old beat Orion with a deft little chip, his first involvement in the game, to equalise and silence the Boca fans.
Boca had the last opportunity to win the game in injury time, but a Lucas Viatri header hit the bar.
"I am very happy to have helped the team. Tite told me to play close to the sides and use my speed," Romarinho told Fox Sports.
"We are happy because we were the away side, we were down and managed to equalise."Boca defender
"It's a shame,
but we are fine, we know there are 90 minutes left," he said.
"We tried to
win the game from the first minute. We took the initiative and we'll try
to do so in
"We could have won it and maybe we are a little bit angry about that."
return match will be played at the Estadio Pacaembu in
"We drew because of the big
star we have in the squad (Romarinho), but we know we did not play the
way we can," Corinthians's Alex said.
"We need to play much better if we want to win the title. Boca are a very tough team."
Boca is aiming for a seventh Copa Libertadores title, while Corinthians is playing in its first final.
Newell's Old Boys progressed to the Copa Libertadores semi-finals after it defeated Boca Juniors 10-9 on penalties after both quarter-final legs finished goalless.