Tevez helps Boca Juniors beat Rafaela

Buenos Aires, April 3 (IANS) Argentine football giants Boca Juniors saw off Atletico Rafaela 3-0 in the country’s first division tournament.

Striker Carlos Tevez opened festivities in the 24th minute here at the Bombonera stadium on Saturday, with a strike just above the keeper, reports Xinhua news agency.

Midfielder Federico Carrizo gave Boca a comfortable lead on 42 minutes, with Uruguayan international Nicolas Lodeiro finishing the job on 82 minutes.

Boca’s goalkeeper, Agustin Orion, guaranteed a clean sheet by saving a penalty on 67 minutes from Rafaela forward Agustin Diaz.

Things went from bad to worse for Rafaela, when their defender Rodrigo Colombo was sent off after 70 minutes.

With this victory, Boca has 15 points and is five points off the joint leaders, Estudiantes and Atletico de Tucuman.

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