Guadalajara beat Boca Juniors 4-0

Boca Juniors of Argentina lost their quarterfinal first leg tie 4-0 at Mexican side Guadalajara on Thursday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:52 IST
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Boca Juniors of Argentina face an uphill task if they are to qualify for the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores Cup after losing their quarterfinal first leg tie 4-0 at Mexican side Guadalajara on Thursday. The two sides had never met before and a crowd of over 60,000 crammed the stadium eager to watch the encounter in Mexico. It took time before the play settled down. Guadalajara had a goal disallowed for off-side around ten minutes in, before the first real chance of the game came. However Francisco Palencia's shot was well saved by Boca goalie Roberto Abbondanzieri. Moments later Boca had their first real chance and came agonisingly close - the strike from Marcelo Delgado somehow saved by goalkeeper Jose Corona. Trying hard Guadalajara, meanwhile, were trying hard at the other end. With less than two minutes to go to the break, Omar Bravo tried his luck too for the home side, but his header was off target. However in first half injury time, Johnny Garcia got on the end of a corner to fire home Guadalajara's first goal to give the home side a vital lead going into the break. And ten minutes after the restart, they made it 2-0. This time, however, it was Omar Bravo whose name went on the scoresheet. Guadalajara were now firmly in control and five minutes later they increased their lead further. Juan Pablo Alfaro pulled off a brilliant strike that sailed into the bottom righthand corner of the net, giving the home side a 3-0 lead. But that was not the end of it yet. Boca simply crumbled as Guadalajara took a 4-0 advantage after 67 minutes. Guadalajara held on to their 4-0 lead to the final whistle and now look firm favourites to make it through to the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores. The second leg match takes place in Buenos Aires on June 15. (AP)