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October 4th 2009
Published: October 7th 2009
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Sunday morning outside the ground just after we'd bought our tickets. The stand on this side is only a few metres deep.
Today we fulfilled one of the top items on our to do list. We managed to be in BA at the right time and to get tickets to watch Boca Juniors play in the Bombonera, and what a fantastic experience it was !!!
The away team was Velez Sarsfield, the current champions, and from the western suburbs of BA - not the “classico” versus River Plate but a good match anyway. The tickets were for seats in the top tier of the north stand and only cost A$60 (~US16 or ~10 quid), I hate to say it but it makes paying 25 quid or more to watch Forest play in Division 2 seem mightily bloody expensive - I won't bother commenting on the comparison of paying to watch the sheepshaggers from down the road :-))))) Before the match we had choripan (chorizo sausage sandwiches) at a roadside place full of Boca supporters near the ground, a real football place with real football food. Then we made a bit of a mistake - to get to our seats we had to use puerta 15 but after going through a couple of security checks discovered that it was at the same end of

Reserve team game before the main match.
the ground, but on the opposite corner. Although it was no more than 50 or 60 metres away to get there we had to walk all the way round the ground, with all the security measures this was a long trek - bugger, bugger, bugger. As kick off got closer the ground started filling up and the atmosphere got better and better. They still allow standing on the bottom and middle tiers and when the crowd start singing and jumping the whole stand sways !!! Boca are not doing very well this season and it's easy to see why, their defence is absolutly rubbish - Velez scored after 6 minutes after one defender lost the ball cheaply and the others watched as the cross came in for the striker to head home unmarked - maybe the ticket price was about right after all :-). Boca equalised before half time and then went 2 - 1 down after 2 minutes of the 2nd half after some more schoolboy defending (putain I'm starting to sound like Motty). Riquelme then scored a belter to make it 2 - 2 before Martin Palermo scored one of the most incredible goals you'll ever see -

Reserve team game before the main match.

So in the end a 3 - 2 win and much celebration.
It was a brilliant evening.
BTW - Los Bosteros translates to “the manure handlers”, one of the nicknames for the Boca supporters :-)))))

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"Arty" view of the sunset and scoreboard at "our" end of the ground.

After a thrilling 3-2 win for Boca.

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