Boca Juniors, the club where Diego Maradona ended his career, has won the first game since the death of the football legend. Newell’s Old Boys, another club Maradona played for, was beaten 2-0.
The match in Buenos Aires was all about saying goodbye to Maradona. The game was gone before by a moment of adulation, and in the centre, the circle was a round cloth with ‘Diego forever’ on it. Large banners were hung in the stands. All Boca players appeared with Maradona’s name on the back of their shirts.
Colombian Edwin Cardona scored both goals. He celebrated the 1-0 by standing in front of the box where Maradona always sat with a shirt of the Argentine national team and applauded there with his teammates. In the box was Maradona’s eldest daughter, Dalma, who couldn’t hold back her tears.
Later the light in the stadium was turned off, and only the light in the box where Maradona was always on remained on. “People don’t forget who made them happy. Thank you,” Boca wrote on social media.
Maradona ended his career at Boca Juniors in 1997. He previously played there from 1981 to 1982. From 1993 to 1994 he also played some duels with Newell’s Old Boys from Rosario.