There are indelible matches like a scar. One among them turns 20, an episode that modified the notion of Mexican soccer, the 2001 Copa Libertadores ultimate through which Cruz Azul died standing up in a heroic train that made Boca Juniors see the worst forecasts in a single night time chilly autumn in Buenos Aires.
Within the distance, two gamers from that sport speak about a sport that had emotion, tear gasoline, objectives, balls on the posts and penalties.
Melvin Brown in Zapopan and Christian Traverso in Buenos Aires, started a chat in regards to the preamble to the ultimate sport of a convulsive event in 2001, as Libertadores all the time are.
Melvin Brown (MB): “We felt superior, sorry Christian, as a result of I’m going to sound enlarged, but it surely was the truth, it’s what we thought on the time.
Christian Traverso (CT): No, no, it’s true, Cruz Azul had an ideal workforce. It occurs that we had received on the Azteca, we got here to La Bombonera and stated, ‘will probably be simpler’, not relaxed, however we had all of the individuals in favor.
MB: Even Diego Armando Maradona, I do not forget that when he entered, the stadium sang in a different way.
CT: Sure, there may be an avalanche, it implies that all of the individuals go on high of the one in entrance to the fence. When issues go mistaken, the stadium pulls in Boca’s favor, and that night time issues didn’t work out for us.
MB: Even so, we weren’t impacted by the stadium, I feel Rosario Central, the Large of Arroyito, was worse, the reality is that that hardened us, we had been already ready.
CT: Do you bear in mind the tear gasoline mess? The collapse broke out outdoors, the rubber bullets had been heard and there was a police helicopter that elevated the gasoline on the sphere, the sport needed to be stopped.
MB: Positive, it was at minute six. We had been truly giving them a dance. I feel that affected you extra, as a result of we recovered the rhythm and Boca didn’t. The gases had been felt, they advised us to pour water on our faces after which no, that’s how Libertadores was, now they breathe gasoline and take the ultimate to Madrid (laughs).
CT: They’re Libertadores video games, you’re proper, in addition to the courtroom was not good. The mud, the humidity, the chilly, on high of the papers, an insufferable quantity on the courtroom.
MB: These yellow and blue paper beggars, they threw in hundreds of thousands. I took out sneakers with six studs they usually caught to me, it appeared like I used to be sporting tennis sneakers, I used to be slipping all around the courtroom.
CT: They had been nonetheless powerful to attain, hey, actually an uncomfortable workforce. We took the sport out of pure satisfaction, as a result of we had been injured and confronted with our board of administrators, there was one within the management who handled us badly.
MB: There got here a second after Palencia’s purpose through which the stadium fell silent and fell, that La Bombonera screams, as a result of I didn’t hear a sound like 10 minutes.
CT: Effectively then he awoke, I had one at minute 85 that hit the crossbar. I wished to make sure her a lot that she didn’t enter.
MB: I had forgotten that one. Pinheiro put one in every of us on his publish, I wished to counterattack, however due to the way in which the courtroom was, the ball bit me in a short time and I didn’t hit it.
CT; You and me would have scored. On penalties I wished to kick however Bianchi advised me, ‘you don’t shoot’, as a result of I had missed within the semifinals towards Palmeiras, so I placed on the jacket.
MB: Palencia scored, we had been going effectively, then Córdoba stops Galdames, and also you say ‘fucking mom, once more on penalties’, we had some hope, however Hernández failed after which Pinheiro … it’s over.
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