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Boca Juniors players face Brazilian police after Copa Libertadores loss to Atletico Mineiro |  Football news


Boca Juniors were knocked out of the Copa Libertadores by Atletico Mineiro on Tuesday, but both sides face penalties after chaotic scenes during and after the game in Belo Horizonte.

Brazilian police appeared to spray angry Boca players on their locker room door after the game, with videos on Argentinian and Brazilian websites showing the players choking as they shouted curses at law enforcement officers. order.

Globoesporte said the Boca players attempted to enter the home locker room, where match officials had taken refuge.

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Ostojich turned down a goal scored by Marcelo Weigandt of Boca Juniors

The players had clashed in the tunnel after the game in which VAR denied Boca what they thought was a legitimate goal for the second time in the game.

The round of 16 game at Mineirao Stadium ended 0-0 with Atletico winning 3-1 on penalties.

The first leg in Buenos Aires last week also ended scoreless and Boca saw a goal disallowed for offside after a long VAR check.

Boca Juniors players face Brazilian police after Copa Libertadores loss to Atletico Mineiro |  Football news
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A bus carrying the Boca Juniors team is parked outside a police station in Belo Horizonte

When asked if refereeing played a role in their elimination, Boca midfielder Diego Gonzalez said: “Without a doubt, everyone can see it. We scored a good goal, and the fact is, we also deserved to win the first game.

“It hurts, we feel bad. CONMEBOL [the South American Football Confederation] you have to look at the arbitration. “

Anger boiled over in the second half as the referee went to check the disallowed goal on the VAR monitor at the edge of the pitch.

Boca Juniors players face Brazilian police after Copa Libertadores loss to Atletico Mineiro |  Football news
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Everson is hoisted by his teammates after scoring the winning penalty

Brazilian officials clashed with players from Boca who approached the referee, and assistant coaches on both sides were sent off.

Atletico goalkeeper Everson was the hero, saving two penalties from Boca and then scoring the decisive shot to put them in the quarter-finals.





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