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De Rossi scores on his Boca debut

De Rossi scores on his Boca debut

14/08/2019 at 12:37Updated 14/08/2019 at 14:20

Daniele De Rossi scored on his Boca debut, but he could not prevent his side from slipping to a shock defeat to Almagro in Copa Argentina.

The 36-year-old midfielder moved from his boyhood club Roma, where he spent 18 years, last month and scored Boca's only goal in the game.

He nodded in Alexis Mac Allister's corner to give Boca the lead in the 28th minute and was substituted in the 77th - five minutes before Almagro got their equaliser.

The match finished 1-1 before Almagro won the penalty shoot-out 3-1.

De Rossi, who spent his entire career in the Italian capital, told fans before the game he had come to Argentina not for the money, although he will doubtlessly be well paid, but for the romance of turning out for one of the world's most storied teams.

"I've been passionate about this club since I was little," the 36-year old said. "This club allows me to play at an excellent level and in the way I enjoy."

De Rossi's arrival is unusual in that he has no links to the Buenos Aires club, other than a friendship with their sporting director, his former Roma team-mate Nicolas Burdisso.

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