Soccer-Atletico Mineiro eliminates Boca as chaotic scenes sully Copa Libertadores

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (Reuters) – Boca Juniors had been knocked out of the Copa Libertadores by Atletico Mineiro on Tuesday however either side are positive to face sanctions after chaotic scenes throughout and after the match in Belo Horizonte.

Brazilian police appeared to spray offended Boca gamers on the door of their dressing room after the match, with movies on Argentine and Brazilian web pages exhibiting the gamers choking as they shouted abuse at regulation enforcement officers.

Brazilian website Globoesporte stated the Boca gamers tried to get into the house dressing room the place the match officers had sought refuge.

The gamers had clashed within the tunnel after the sport through which the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) denied Boca what they believed was a authentic objective for the second time within the tie.

The last-16 tie on the Mineirao stadium ended 0-0 and Atletico went via 3-1 on penalties. The primary leg in Buenos Aires final week additionally ended goalless and Boca had a objective disallowed for offside after a protracted VAR test.

When requested if the refereeing was an element of their elimination, Boca midfielder Diego Gonzalez stated: “Unquestionably, everybody can see that. We scored an excellent objective, and the very fact is that we deserved to win the primary recreation as properly.”

“This hurts, we really feel dangerous. Conmebol (the South American Soccer Confederation) want to have a look at the refereeing.”

Anger spilled over throughout the second half when the referee went to test the disallowed objective on the pitch aspect VAR monitor.

Brazilian officers clashed with Boca gamers who approached the referee, and assistant coaches from either side had been despatched off.

Atletico goalkeeper Everson was the hero, saving two Boca penalties after which scoring the decisive spot kick to place Atletico into the quarter finals.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Modifying by Simon Cameron-Moore)


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