Daniele De Rossi scores on Boca Juniors debut but in vein as his side slump to shock defeat


DANIELE DE ROSSI smashed home a header for Boca Juniors as they crashed out of the Copa Argentina to minnows Almagro.

On debut after signing from Roma, the veteran Italian directed a corner kick cooly passed the goalkeeper from close-range.


De Rossi lapped up the home fans’ applause
The Italian was his typical self in Buenos Aires
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The goal was celebrated passionately, as to be expected from the midfield destroyer, but Boca managed to fluff their lines, drawing 1-1 before losing 3-1 on penalties.

Facing second-tier Almagro was set to be a cruise for the Argentine giants but they fell out of the cup competition at the round-of-32 stage.

Juan Manuel Martinez levelled the score on 82 minutes and the tie went to penalties.

Former Manchester City star Carlos Tevez stepped up to score for Boca but the visitors to La Bombonera only needed three spot-kicks.

A stunning collapse saw Boca miss three in a row, capped off by ex-Benfica and Atletico Madrid winger Eduardo Salvio failing the decisive kick.

The tournament was revived in 2011 after a long hiatus with the Xeneizes the most successful team in its history, tallying three crowns.

But De Rossi will have to look elsewhere now for first season glory in Buenos Aires.

Just two games into the new campaign, Boca are fifth in the league with a win and a draw.

And they are into the quarter-finals of the Copa Libertadores having knocked out Brazil’s Athletico Paranaense to set up a clash with Ecuadorian champions LDU Quito.

De Rossi surprised many this summer when leaving Roma for Argentina, ending his 19-year association with the Italian capital club – where he made over 600 appearances.


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