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Argentine soccer's Boca Jrs fight back for 3-2 victory over Velez
2006-10-01 18:10:37 Xinhua English

BUENSO AIRES, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Argentine soccer team Boca Juniors on Sunday came from behind to achieve a historic 3-2 victory over domestic rival Velez Sarsfield in the ninth playing date of Argentine soccer's Opening Tournament.

The Xeneizes, as Boca are known, ended the first half 0-2 down and one player short after Juan Krupoviesa was sent off in the 39th minute. But in the second half a spectacular fightback allowed them to hang on to their 22-game unbeaten streak.

Thanks to Sunday's result, with a week to go to the so-called "superderby" against River Plate, Boca remain leaders.

The two players that gave visiting Velez the lead were via Maximiliano Pellegrino in the 27th and Mauro Zarate in the 34th. Boca went off to jeers directed at new manager Ricardo Lavolpe.

However, the landscape evened out in the second half when Fabian Cubero was send off in the 56th minute. Then came Boca's goals: from Fernando Gago, in minute 69, and Rodrigo, in both minutes 75 and 89.

Diego Maradona cheered his team's triumph loudly, alongside tennis players Agustin Calleri and Juan Ignacion Chela, members of the Davis Cup team that recently won a place in that sport's final. Enditem

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