Boca Juniors (foto: Uradni Twitter profil kluba/zveze)
In a turn of events, Boca Juniors has failed to secure a spot in the 2024 Copa Libertadores following San Lorenzo's win over Central Córdoba.
Boca Juniors, still reeling from their Copa Libertadores final loss just over three weeks ago, faced another setback as their chance to participate in the next edition of the prestigious South American tournament slipped away. Despite their victory against Godoy Cruz in the final matchday, Boca's fate was not in their own hands.
Their qualification hinged on the outcome of the match between San Lorenzo and Central Córdoba. San Lorenzo, vying for a spot in the Libertadores, secured their win, clinching fourth place in the annual table and consequently pushing Boca Juniors down to sixth, effectively ending their qualification hopes.
The missed opportunity was compounded by Boca Juniors' recent defeat in the Copa Argentina semi-finals against Estudiantes, a competition they were favored to win and which would have guaranteed them a direct entry into the Conmebol tournament.
This failure marks a dramatic three-week descent for Boca Juniors, echoing their 2017 disappointment when they also failed to qualify for the Copa Libertadores. This absence will be Boca's sixth since 2000 from South America's premier football competition.
The repercussions of this failure extend beyond the pitch. Boca Juniors will miss out on significant revenue, potentially impacting their ability to attract players to strengthen their squad. However, they will participate in the Copa Sudamericana, a competition they haven't been in since 2014, and are considered strong contenders for the title.