Legendary figures of Juventus and Boca Juniors offered plenty of evening entertainment during the second edition of the UNESCO Cup on Tuesday.
With all proceeds financing social support for former child soldiers affected by conflicts in Mali and the Central African Republic, both sides embraced the spirit of the occasion, leaving supporters with happy memories of having seen their idols roll back the years on the hallowed Juventus Stadium turf.
In the end it was Boca Juniors who emerged victorious, winning 4-2 on penalties after the sides were level at the final whistle with one goal apiece.
With Los Xeneizes’ all-time highest goal scorer leading the line, Martin Palermo reminded all of his attacking threat in only the eighth minute, sending in a stinging effort with his left foot towards the top corner.
Stefano Tacconi, however, was alert to the action and demonstrated tremendous agility to get his gloves to the ball, tipping it around the post for a corner.
The visitors continued to look the more dangerous of the sides in the opening stages, as Claudio Caniggia raced onto a through ball on his favoured left flank before cutting in on his right, but he bent his shot just a whisker wide of the far post.
Boca would eventually make their early dominance count when Andrés Guglielminpietro rifled into the roof the net after the ball sat up perfectly for the former Milan and Inter midfielder following a corner.
During the latter stages of the first half, the hosts pressed with greater vigour for a goal of their own, which so nearly arrived through David Trezeguet, but the Frenchman skewed his header just wide of the mark.
Mauro Camoranesi, as lively as ever on Juve’s right berth, also tried his luck with a driven effort from a tight angle, but Roberto Abbondanzieri was equal to the strike, ensuring that the Argentinian outfit entered the break with a slender 1-0 lead.