2023 Under-20 Intercontinental Cup

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La Bombonera, venue of the match
Boca Juniors won 4–1 on penalties
Date9 September 2023
VenueLa Bombonera, Buenos Aires
RefereeGery Vargas (Bolivia)
18 °C (64 °F)

The 2023 Under-20 Intercontinental Cup (Spanish: Sub-20 Intercontinental 2023) was the second edition of the UEFA–CONMEBOL Under-20 Intercontinental Cup, a one-off football match organised by CONMEBOL and UEFA between the winners of the U-20 Copa Libertadores and UEFA Youth League. As host confederation, CONMEBOL was in charge of the main organization of this edition.

The match was played on 9 September 2023 at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between the Argentine team Boca Juniors, the 2023 U-20 Copa Libertadores champions, and Dutch team AZ, the 2022–23 UEFA Youth League champions.

With an attendance of near 38,000 fans at "La Bombonera", Boca Juniors defeated AZ 4–1 on penalties to win their first U-20 Intercontinental title. Boca Juniors goalkeeper Sebastián Díaz Robles stopped two penalties during the shoot-out.


Team Qualification
Argentina Boca Juniors 2023 U-20 Copa Libertadores champions
Netherlands AZ 2022–23 UEFA Youth League champions



The refereeing team was appointed by the Referees Committees of CONMEBOL and UEFA; only referees in the FIFA International Referees List were eligible (Regulations Articles 28 and 29). On 4 September 2023, CONMEBOL announced the refereeing team with Bolivian official Gery Vargas as the referee for the match. Vargas is a FIFA referee since 2012. He was joined by three of his fellow countrymen, including assistant referees José Antelo and Edwar Saavedra, with Ivo Méndez serving as the fourth official. Ángelo Hermosilla acted as the video assistant referee (VAR) and Alejandro Molina was the assistant VAR official (AVAR), both from Chile.


Each team had to submit their list of 22 players (including at least two goalkeepers) to its respective confederation by 5 September 2023, 19:00 UTC−3 (ART) or 24:00 UTC+2 (CEST), as appropriate. Only players born on or after 1 January 2003 were eligible to compete. Teams were permitted to make player replacements in cases of serious injuries up to 24 hours prior the start of the match, provided that it was approved by the CONMEBOL Chief Medical Officer and the team doctor concerned (Regulations Articles 26 and 27).

AZ announced its squad on 5 September 2023.



9 September 2023 (2023-09-09)16:00 UTC−3
Boca Juniors Argentina1–1Netherlands AZ
Mastoras 58' (o.g.) Report Kwakman 42'
Génez soccer ball with check mark
Di Lollo soccer ball with check mark
Acosta soccer ball with check mark
Fascendini soccer ball with check mark
4–1 soccer ball with check mark Goes
soccer ball with red X Dekker
soccer ball with red X Smit
La Bombonera, Buenos AiresAttendance: 37,386Referee: Gery Vargas (Bolivia)
Boca Juniors AZ
GK 1 Argentina Sebastián Díaz Robles
RB 4 Argentina Natan Acosta Yellow card 89'
CB 2 Argentina Lautaro Di Lollo Yellow card 87'
CB 6 Argentina Valentín Fascendini
LB 3 Argentina Nahuel Génez (c)
DM 5 Argentina Santiago Gauna Yellow card 82'
CM 8 Argentina Mauricio Benítez downward-facing red arrow 68'
CM 17 Argentina Julián Ceballos
RF 20 Argentina Jabes Saralegui downward-facing red arrow 73'
CF 19 Uruguay Ignacio Rodríguez downward-facing red arrow 73'
LF 11 Argentina Simón Rivero downward-facing red arrow 80'
GK 12 Argentina Lucas Torlaschi
DF 13 Argentina Thomas Arrieta
DF 14 Argentina Mateo Mendía
DF 15 Argentina Iván Vaquero
MF 7 Argentina Fabio Sosa
MF 10 Argentina Lucas Vázquez upward-facing green arrow 80'
MF 16 Argentina Román Rodríguez Yellow card 76' upward-facing green arrow 73'
MF 18 Argentina Yael Ramallo upward-facing green arrow 68'
MF 22 Argentina Tomás Bustos
FW 9 Argentina Bruno Cabral
FW 21 Argentina Valentino Simoni upward-facing green arrow 73'
Argentina Silvio Rudman
GK 1 Netherlands Rome-Jayden Owusu-Oduro
CB 3 Netherlands Wouter Goes (c) Yellow card 87'
CB 4 Netherlands Maxim Dekker
CB 8 Netherlands Lewis Schouten
DM 6 Netherlands Nick Twisk downward-facing red arrow 18'
RM 12 Netherlands Enoch Mastoras downward-facing red arrow 62'
LM 14 Netherlands Finn Stam Yellow card 86'
AM 10 Netherlands Dave Kwakman
RF 7 Netherlands Jayden Addai downward-facing red arrow 84'
CF 9 Netherlands Mexx Meerdink
LF 11 Netherlands Ernest Poku
GK 22 Netherlands Tristan Kuijsten
GK 33 Netherlands Arouna Kabba
DF 2 Netherlands Jurre van Aken upward-facing green arrow 62'
DF 5 Netherlands Sem Dekkers
DF 15 Netherlands Jeremiah Esajas
DF 16 Netherlands Loek Postma Yellow card 26' upward-facing green arrow 18' downward-facing red arrow 46'
MF 18 Netherlands Tom Kerssens
MF 24 Netherlands Kees Smit Yellow card 90+1' upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 25 Netherlands Job Kalisvaart
FW 19 Netherlands Nick Koster upward-facing green arrow 84'
FW 26 Netherlands Damienus Reverson
Netherlands Jan Sierksma

Assistant referees:
José Antelo (Bolivia)
Edwar Saavedra (Bolivia)
Fourth official:
Ivo Méndez (Bolivia)
Video assistant referee:
Ángelo Hermosilla (Chile)
Assistant video assistant referee:
Alejandro Molina (Chile)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • Extra time would not be played
  • Penalty shoot-out if tied after 90 minutes
  • Eleven named substitutes
  • Maximum of five substitutions


  1. ^ Each team was given only three opportunities to make substitutions, excluding substitutions made at half-time.


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