The match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, was marred by Boca fans lighting flares, setting off fireworks and throwing objects into the penalty box where River were defending. In addition to the terrace closing, the Argentinian club faces a possible suspension of the entire ground.
The majority of the action occurred in the 75th minute when fans began to mock River for their relegation. The events caused referee German Delfino to halt play for nearly 10 minutes and he claimed to come very close to abandoning the match, which would have seen Boca docked points. It was the first Superclasico at La Bombonera since River were promoted back to the first division after relegation in 2011.
Public prosecutor Martin Lopez Zavaleta told TN television on Monday that police have opened a case to see who’s responsible and are focused on investigating the fireworks taken into the stadium. He explained, “[t]he (security) operation failed because there should not have been all those fireworks and banners inside the stadium. We confiscated film footage, we’re not ruling anything out.”
River took the lead just 45 seconds into the match when Manuel Lanzini opened the scoring with a perfectly placed header. In the 38th minute Boca found their leveler as Santiago Silva scored from 16 yards out on an assist by Walter Erviti. With the result, Boca to 18th in the Argentine Premier Division table while River remained 3rd in the table, four points adrift of league leaders Lanus.
In a sick, twisted, die-hard fan kind of way, this is exactly the type of behavior that I’d expect (and want) to see if I were fortunate enough to have a ticket to the Superclasico. That being said, there’s no getting around the liability concerns of people projecting firecrackers and objects onto the pitch. That just can’t happen in the modern day.
And while closing the terraces seems to be an appropriate move under these circumstances, I hope it’s only for a limited time. An extended closure would seem harsh on the fans as it was the club itself that reinforced this culture through lax security and supervision.
STREAM: Arsenal-Boro, Swans-Watford, every 10am ET game
Red-hot Arsenal host Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium, while Swansea City welcome Watford as Bob Bradley manages his first home game in the Premier League. Leicester City and Crystal Palace do battle, while Everton head to Burnley, Stoke go to Hull and West Ham host struggling Sunderland.
You can stream each game live by clicking on the links below or above.
10 a.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough – NBCSN [STREAM] 10 a.m. ET: Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace – Premier League Extratime [STREAM] 10 a.m. ET: West Ham vs. Sunderland – Premier League Extratime [STREAM] 10 a.m. ET: Hull City vs. Stoke City – Premier League Extratime [STREAM] 10 a.m. ET: Burnley vs. Everton – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Swansea City vs. Watford – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
Bournemouth started very brightly and after six minutes they hit the woodwork. A short corner found Dan Gosling and his pull back found Daniels but the former Spurs’ player saw his shot deflected onto the bar brilliantly by Hugo Lloris. The Cherries continued to push and Callum Wilson was looking lively on the break.
Then Spurs hit the woodwork as a magnificent double nutmeg from Dele Alli in the middle of the pitch set up Lamela and the Argentine struck the post with an audacious long-range effort.
Spurs grew into the game as the half wore on and Bournemouth’s intense pressure subsided a little, and Christian Eriksen‘s deflected effort was well saved by Artur Boruc at his near post. A flurry of yellow cards then emerged
At the start of the second half Lamela fired over the bar at the near post as Spurs looked the more dangerous. Vincent Janssen replaced Son on the hour mark as Tottenham tried something different in order to break down a stubborn Bournemouth back line.
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Boruc denied Danny Rose and try as they might Spurs failed to break through the Cherries rearguard, which saw Jack Wilshre (playing his first 90 minutes for over two years) trying to create as much as possible in midfield.
At 10 a.m. ET this Saturday you will be able to access NBC Sports Digital’s Premier League Goal Rush.
It will be available on the NBC Sports App, on NBCSports.com and on a dedicated Premier League Extratime channel as goals from all four matches in the 10 a.m. ET window will be shown simultaneously as live look-ins occur around all the grounds in the Premier League.
For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of NFL RedZone-like action from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window.
The feature game this weekend will be Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough and as goals and incidents occur around the league, you will be transported to the action as it happens.
10 a.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough
10 a.m. ET: Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace
10 a.m. ET: Hull City vs. Stoke City 10 a.m. ET: West Ham vs. Sunderland 10 a.m. ET: Swansea City vs. Watford 10 a.m. ET: Burnley vs. Everton
BEIJING (AP) China has hired World Cup-winning manager Marcello Lippi to head its national football team.
China’s football association on Saturday formally announced the hiring of the 68-year-old Lippi, who guided Italy to the 2006 World Cup title.
It’s the latest move by China in a national push to become more competitive in soccer. Under President Xi Jinping, a fan of the sport, China has set the goal of becoming a soccer superpower but its foray into football has so far been a failure. The men’s national team has qualified for just one World Cup, in 2002, and did not score a single goal.
Lippi replaces Gao Hongbo, who resigned after China’s Oct. 11 loss to Uzbekistan.