Monday, August 23, 2010
Apertura 2010 3rd Round : Down to two
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Of the 5 leaders we had last week, only 2 made it through this round with another win : Velez and River.
Velez had to work a lot more than in previous rounds to beat Argentinos Jrs but finally the visitors defensive tactic collapsed with 20 minutes left and "El Fortin" took the 3 points. I might sound too repetitive, but Velez is right now the best team in the league, without a doubt.
River had a superb offensive first half, and that was enough for them. In 25 minutes they were already leading 3-1 against a struggling Independiente defense, and the 2nd half was just worthless because the final 3-2 came only in the last minute of the game. River is far from being a great team, but they are improving week to week.
The surprise of the round was once again Boca, losing in neutral ground vs All Boys 2-0, who just returned to 1st division after 30 years.
Boca looked completely lost in offense, once again without Juan R. Riquelme who won't return at least for one more month, and All Boys took advantage of a disoriented team that has only 1 point in 3 games. Future looks bleak again for Boca, and it's unknown how much will new coach Claudio Borghi stay in his job if they don't start winning soon.
San Lorenzo beat Racing, who was one of the leaders with 6 points, in one of the derbies of the round and got their first win of the season. Very tight game, with the visitors taking advantage of the few goal positions they had and showing that even if they might not fight for the league, they will be a tough team to beat.
Very little to analyze left the draws between Gimnasia - Colon (0-0) and Quilmes - Lanus (1-1)., both with teams that started their games with high energy, but as minutes went by they looked happy to get at least 1 point.
Similar situation on the game that opened the round on Friday, Banfield - Estudiantes, who are two of the best teams in the league but they neutralized each other and ended with a scoreless draw.
The bottom of the standings table is exclusively for Tigre, with 0 points, very poor football and a coach that might leave soon after the 0-2 lose at Newell's, who didn't have to make a big effort to get their first win of the season.
Neither Godoy Cruz, who beat Olimpo 1-0, and Arsenal, 2-0 vs Huracan had much problems to get their first home wins of the season and climb a few steps. Both losers, Olimpo and Huracan, will surely be rivals on the lower places of the averages table next year when relegations are decided.
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This is the schedule of the 4th round (all times in GMT-3) :
Friday August 27
20.10-- Huracán-Newell's Old Boys
Saturday August 28
18.10-- Colón de Santa Fe-Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba
20.20-- San Lorenzo-All Boys
Sunday August 29
15.30-- Argentinos Juniors-River Plate
17.30-- Boca Juniors-Vélez Sarsfield
19.30-- Olimpo-Racing Club
Wednesday September 29
To Be Determined-- Estudiantes de La Plata-Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata
The La Plata city derby between Estudiantes and Gimnasia is postponed until September 29 because Estudiantes is playing Recopa 2010 (Libertadores 2009 champion vs Sudamericana 2009 champion) this week, vs Liga de Quito.
Averages Table (http://www.argentinapreviews.com/2010/05/how-are-relegations-decided.html) :
Copa Libertadores 2011 table ( http://www.argentinapreviews.com/2010/05/how-do-teams-qualify-to-copa.html) :
* Tables taken from "La Redó" (www.la-redo.com.ar)