After chaotic scenes during and after the match in Belo Horizonte, Boca Juniors lost to Atletico Mineiro in the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday. Both teams in question are reportedly sure to face sanctions for their actions.
Videos shown on Argentine and Brazilian websites show Boca players choking as they shout abuse at law enforcement officers after the match. The officers appeared to spray the players with tear gas after the match at the door of their dressing room. Globoesporte a Brazilian website reports that Boca players tried to enter the dressing room where the match officials took refuge.
As a result of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruling, Boca believed that they were denied a legitimate goal a second time in the match. The players had clashed in the tunnel after that occurrence. The last-16 match took place at the Mineirao Stadium, and Atletico went through on penalties 3-1. Likewise, the first leg in Buenos Aires ended goalless last week and Boca’s goal was disallowed for offside following a VAR review.
When asked if the refereeing was a factor in their elimination, Boca midfielder Diego Gonzalez told Reuters: “Without a doubt, everyone can see that. We scored a good goal, and the fact is that we deserved to win the first game as well.”
“This hurts, we feel bad. Conmebol (the South American Football Confederation) need to look at the refereeing.”
Angry exchanges erupted during the second half as the referee consulted the pitch side VAR monitor regarding the disallowed goal. A brawl broke out between Brazilian officials and Boca players who approached the referee, and assistant coaches from both teams were sent off. In the end, Everson was the hero of the match. He saved two Boca penalties, then scored the winning penalty to put Atletico into the quarterfinals.