Kiss of God: Carlos Tevez enjoys good luck smooch with Diego Maradona before scoring winner to clinch title for Boca Juniors ahead of bitter rivals River Plate
- Carlos Tevez scored the decisive goal as Boca Juniors won the Argentine title
- They beat Gimnasia 1-0 as rivals River Plate were held to a draw elsewhere
- Before the game, Tevez kissed Gimnasia manager Diego Maradona for good luck
- And it did the trick as the 36-year-old rattled home the winner on 72 minutes
- That was enough to win Boca their 34th league title and spark wild celebrations
Carlos Tevez smooched Argentine idol Diego Maradona for good luck – and then scored the dramatic late goal that clinched the league title for Boca Juniors.
On a thrilling final day of the season, Boca pipped their bitter rivals River Plate to the Superliga crown thanks to a 1-0 win over Gimnasia, the side managed by Maradona.
It was enough for them to leapfrog River, who were held 1-1 by Atletico Tucuman at the same time.
A pre-match good luck kiss with Diego Maradona did the trick as Carlos Tevez scored the decisive goal to deliver Boca Juniors the Argentine Superliga title
36-year-old Tevez ran over to the opposition bench, where Maradona was managing Gimnasia
Tevez kissed Boca Juniors idol Maradona for good luck and would later scored the winner
Boca beat Gimnasia 1-0 to pip their great rivals River Plate to the Argentine Superliga title
Cameras picked up 36-year-old striker Tevez running over to the opposition bench before kick-off to kiss former Boca player Maradona on the mouth.
And it seemed to bring him the good fortune Boca needed as Tevez rifled home the decisive goal 18 minutes from time.
‘I knew I had to kiss Diego. I was lucky that way, sometimes you have to look for luck,’ said Tevez afterwards.
It was Boca’s third title success in four years and lifted them to 34 championship wins overall, two shy of River, who haven’t won it since 2014.
18 minutes remained at the Bombonera when Tevez broke the deadlock to seal the title
That sparked wild celebrations after news that River Plate could only draw in their game
Tevez had returned for a third spell at first club Boca Juniors back in January 2018
Tevez celebrates with the Boca fans after scoring what proved to be the title-winning goal
By contrast, there was dismay for Boca’s rivals River Plate, who missed out on the title
Former West Ham, Manchester United and Manchester City star Tevez returned to his first club Boca for the third time in January 2018.
He spoke about how he felt the imperative to deliver league success to the club.
‘I was hungry for glory again. I think I felt again that I had to go back to my neighbourhood, that I had to get off a lot of things and fight like the kid who fought when I was a kid,’ Tevez said.
‘It was two or three years fighting against my head, against a lot of things. I always kept working, trying to get out of that well.
Tevez takes in the applause of the crowd after his ninth goal of the season secured the title
Maradona, a former Boca player, watches on from the away dug-out before the game
Tevez and Maradona pictured together at a Boca Juniors match back in August 2004
‘It was very difficult for me to get out, to get back to my roots. I needed to go back to be hungry for glory. I found myself at the right time.’
Tevez scored nine goals in 17 matches to help Boca win the title and their season continues now in the Copa Libertadores.
Incredibly, Boca conceded just eight goals during their 23-match league campaign.
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