Daniele De Rossi scores on Boca Juniors debut… but Argentine giants suffer shock Copa Argentina defeat
- Daniele De Rossi scored on his Boca Juniors debut in a shock defeat by Almagro
- He scored with a header on 28 minutes before being booked seven minutes later
- The midfielder produced a fine display before being substituted on 77 minutes
- Boca conceded an equaliser soon after and went on to lose 3-1 on penalties
Daniele De Rossi scored on his Boca Juniors debut on Tuesday night, but the Italian’s new club fell to a shock defeat against Almagro in the Copa Argentina round of 32.
The Argentine giants lost 3-1 on penalties to second tier opposition after a 1-1 draw as Juan Manuel Martinez’ late goal cancelled out De Rossi’s 28th-minute opener.
The Roma legend made a dream start when he latched on to Brighton loanee Alexis Mac Allister’s in-swinging corner to head into the roof of the net in front of a rapturous Estadio Alberto J. Armando crowd.
Daniele De Rossi (right) celebrates his first goal for Boca Juniors with team-mate Ramon Abila
The Italian midfielder found the net with a bullet header at Estadio Alberto J. Armando
True to form, De Rossi was shown a yellow card just seven minutes after finding the net, and was replaced by Jorman Campuzano on 77 minutes.
However, the 36-year-old excelled in new surroundings, winning three tackles and recording an 80 per cent pass completion rate.
Furthermore, the midfield enforcer won six out of nine ground duels and four out of five aerial duels.
The 36-year-old was cautioned in the first half and substituted after 77 minutes
Boca lacked the Italian’s composure on the ball in the final 13 minutes, with Martinez equalising just five minutes after his departure.
Disaster struck for the hosts in the penalty shootout after a goalless period of extra-time. Former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez was the only Boca player to convert from the spot.
Mac Allister, Jan Hurtado and Eduardo Slavio all missed from 12 yards but Almagro stars Ezequiel Denis, Lucas Daniel Wilchez and Agustin Coscia held their nerve to earn an unlikely victory.
Despite a positive start, Boca went on to lose to second tier side Almagro on penalties