Boca Juniors Travels to Brazil Without Edinson Cavani for Critical Copa Sudamericana Match

Boca Juniors face Fortaleza in crucial Copa Sudamericana clash, with star striker Cavani rested due to fatigue. The outcome will determine group leadership, with Fortaleza having home advantage.

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Boca Juniors Travels to Brazil Without Edinson Cavani for Critical Copa Sudamericana Match

Boca Juniors Travels to Brazil Without Edinson Cavani for Critical Copa Sudamericana Match

Boca Juniors will travel to Brazil to face Fortaleza in a critical Copa Sudamericana Group D match on April 25, 2024. The Argentine club will be without star striker Edinson Cavani, who is being rested due to muscle fatigue after a string of recent matches. "Cavani's absence is not due to injury, but rather to allow him to rest and recover," according to sources close to the team.

Fortaleza currently leads Group D with a perfect record, having defeated Sportivo Trinidense and Nacional Potosi in their first two matches. Boca Juniors sits in second place with 4 points after a draw against Nacional Potosi and a victory over Trinidense. The outcome of this match will determine the group leadership, with Fortaleza having the advantage of playing at home.

Boca Juniors' coaching staff views Cavani's absence against the group leaders as a calculated risk, given the importance of the upcoming semi-final match in the Argentine League Cup. In addition to Cavani, goalkeeper Romero and defender Cristian Lema are also doubts for the match. Coach Hugo Martínez used a mixed formation in the team's final training session before the trip, indicating he may field an alternate lineup against Fortaleza.

Why this matters: The result of this match will have significant implications for both teams' chances of advancing to the knockout stages of the Copa Sudamericana. A win for Fortaleza would solidify their position atop the group, while a victory for Boca Juniors would bring them level on points with the Brazilian side.

The match will be broadcast exclusively on Star+ in South America, with Colombian referee Wilmar Roldán officiating. Boca Juniors was welcomed by enthusiastic fans upon their arrival in Fortaleza, despite the absence of Cavani. Juan Román Riquelme, a club legend and current vice president, accompanied the team on the trip. "The team is aware that the match in Brazil is critical for their qualification in the Copa Sudamericana," Riquelme stated to reporters at the airport.

Key Takeaways

  • Boca Juniors to face Fortaleza in critical Copa Sudamericana match on April 25, 2024.
  • Boca Juniors to miss star striker Edinson Cavani due to muscle fatigue, not injury.
  • Fortaleza leads Group D with a perfect record, Boca Juniors sits in second place.
  • Match outcome will determine group leadership, with Fortaleza having home advantage.
  • Boca Juniors' coach may field an alternate lineup due to Cavani's absence and other doubts.