Jonathan Calleri stole some of the attention from the forward on his homecoming with a delightful goal against Quilmes
Carlos Tevez helped inspire a 2-1 defeat of Quilmes in his Boca Juniors homecoming, but Jonathan Calleri stole the show with a stunning rabona which ultimately separated the two sides.
Former Manchester United and Manchester City star Tevez was making his first appearance for Boca since 2004, having joined from Juventus, and he did everything but score – laying on an assist and hitting the crossbar.
It took less than a minute for Tevez to have the Bombonera crowd on their feet, as he controlled a pass on his chest before nonchalantly flicking it over the head of an opponent and retrieving it.
Tevez was at the centre of things again as Boca broke the deadlock in the 27th minute, playing Sebastian Palacios through on goal to slot home.
The returning hero went close himself at the start of the second half, sending a ferocious effort against the bar.
Luck, however, was most definitely on the side of Calleri, whose sumptuous ‘rabona’ finish from just inside the area put Boca two up in the 53rd minute, stealing some of the limelight from Tevez.
Alexis Canelo pulled one back five minutes later, but it was not enough to force a draw and Boca held on to give Tevez a winning start in his second spell at the club, which delighted to former Juventus and Manchester United forward.
“I felt good, I’m satisfied,” he said after the match. “With more matches I will get used to being back here more. I’m happy because it was like I dreamed.
“The important thing is that the team has strengthened and I think we are in a good way.
“I think we have to get to know each other, we’ve only worked together for a week. I’m happy because my team-mates played a great match.”
The victory sent Boca back top in Argentina’s Primera Division, ahead of San Lorenzo by a single point.