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Fans Believe 'The Spirit of Maradona' Defied Laws of Physics to Stop River Plate From Scoring Against Boca Juniors

Mudeet Arora
Diego Maradona featuring for Argentina at the 1990 FIFA World Cup
Diego Maradona featuring for Argentina at the 1990 FIFA World Cup / Getty Images/Getty Images

Argentinean football fans have jokingly involved Diego Maradona's spirit in playing a huge role in River Plate not scoring the winning goal against Boca Juniors in the Superclasico.

The two South-American footballing giants went face to face in the game and were locked at 1-1 until the 89th minute.

Julian Alvarez thought he'd given River a last-gasp winner but his header somehow bounced in front of then, then mysteriously spun away from the net.

Boca goalkeeper Esteban Andrada couldn't believe his luck and immediately jumped on the ball.

If you have had a look at the video, for sure you would have seen the way the ball's trajectory changed and it does look very weird and has defied physics. Even if we bring the spin of an uneven ground into the picture, the spin was too much to have come off uneven ground level.

Home side Boca Juniors had taken the lead in the first half through Sebastian Villa's penalty, which came after Nicolas Capaldo was clipped by Paulo Diaz.

Agustín Palavecino managed to score an equaliser in the 66th minute and two minutes later, followed typical scenes in a La Bombonera showdown. Boca defender Carlos Zambrano received a second yellow card and was sent off.

River's man advantage would only last four ten minutes as Milton Casco was also handed a red card 10 minutes later.

This draw leaves River sat sixth in Group A of the Liga Profesional de Fútbol and Boca are fourth in Group B.