Boca Juniors Win Toyota Cup
TOKYO (AP) _ Argentine power Boca Juniors won the Toyota Cup on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid, ending Europe’s five-year winning streak in soccer’s world club championship.
The South American champions took a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes on goals by Martin Palermo. Roberto Carlos scored in the 12th minute for the European champs from Spain.
``We took advantage of our chances,″ Palermo said. ``We focused on not giving a ball to Real Madrid and taking a control of the game. In the 90-plus minutes, our concentration was at the highest level.″
In chilly and windy weather at Tokyo National Stadium, the team that once featured Diego Maradona became the first South American club to win this title since Velez Sarsfield of Argentina in 1994.
Boca Juniors also captured this title in 1977 in its only previous appearance. Real Madrid won the inaugural game in 1960 and again in 1998.
``The first several minutes decided the game,″ Real Madrid coach Vicent del Bosque said. ``It worked in favor for Argentina after the two goals. We seemed to play better for the remaining 85 minutes but couldn’t score more to beat them.″
Palermo gave Boca a lightning start, scoring on an excellent pass from Marcelo Delgado during a goalmouth melee three minutes into the game.
Three minutes later, Palermo outran a defender for a ball on a pass from Delgado and slammed it past onrushing goalie Iker Casillas.
Real Madrid replied quickly. Carlos raced down the left side, dribbled past a defender and sent the ball by goalkeeper Oscar Cordoba.
In the second half, Boca Juniors tightened their defense, thwarting a series of attacks. Real Madrid missed several solid chances, two the result of offside calls.
The Toyota Cup is the successor to the Intercontinental Cup, which ran from 1960 until 1979. It has traditionally served as a world club final between the champions of Europe and South America.