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Special weekend for San Lorenzo fans (yes, myself included of course) as our team won one of the big derbies of the season, a deserved 2-1 win @ Boca that puts them in an even bigger crisis, with only 4 points in 5 games, 8 below the leader Velez and coach Borghi doesn't seem to have a bright future ahead. Some of you probably know that San Lorenzo is the only team with an advantage over Boca in the historical H2H (and it's been like this forever), and now the difference is 8 games in San Lorenzo's favour.
Velez beat River 2-1 in the other special game of this round. A tough game, lot of fighting and little football, but Velez got a deserved win and now they are one of the new leaders of the league.
Next week they visit San Lorenzo, who is one point behind them, in one of the must-see games of the 6th round.
River is down in the second to last place of the averages table and if the season ended now they would be relegating !
Slowly and without anyone noticing, Arsenal won 4 in a row and they are one of the teams at the top of Apertura. Another solid performance in the 1-0 win vs the last champion Argentinos Jrs, who is now one of the bottom teams with only 2 points.
River-Arsenal meet next week, so we'll have 4 of the 5 top teams playing each other.
The 5th team fighting at the top of Apertura is Estudiantes, who got a slightly lucky win 2-1 @ Godoy Cruz, with a 92 minute goal, and now they 2 points behind Velez and Arsenal, but with one less game played (September 29 they play their 4th round game vs Gimnasia). Godoy Cruz lost at home for the first time since October 2009.
One of the undefeated teams is Lanus, who got a good win 2-0 @ Gimnasia, the only team that has no goals scored yet (in 4 games because they have the previously mentioned derby vs Estudiantes postponed) and they are going deep into the averages table. Lanus has an interesting offense with Aguirre, Blanco and Uruguayan Mario Regueiro and if they continue like this they can be championship candidates.
Third lose in a row for Racing (1-2 at home vs Colon) after winning the first two rounds and fans started to lose patience with this team where they have put big hopes. They had many players missing and had to face Colon's goalkeeper, Diego Pozo, having a career night and saving everything the threw at him.
Colon finally ended the curse, won after 10 games and now coach Antonio Mohammed has some fresh air to work this week.
Two big winners this weekend were All Boys and Huracan, who beat Olimpo at home 1-0 and Quilmes 2-1 away respectively. This 4 teams will be fighting to avoid relegation next June, so any points they can take each other are very important.
Of the 3 promoted teams this season Quilmes's future doesn't look good at all as they are the only of this teams with no wins in Apertura, and only 2 points so far.
Independiente showed some improvement and deserved to beat a very poor Newell's but they only got a 1-1 draw and now sit at the bottom of the standings, together with Argentinos and Quilmes, with only 2 points. It will be a very important week for Independiente because they meet Argentinos next Thursday in the 2nd leg of their Copa Sudamericana match (Independiente won 1-0 at home in the 1st leg) and coach Daniel Garnero might resign if they are eliminated.
Newell's looks in pace to end in the middle of the table as they can't improve from very irregular performances from week to week.
Banfield showed some tiredness after beating Velez last Thursday and this allowed Tigre to get a 1-1 draw that could have been very difficult if "El Taladro" was 100% rested. The visitors couldn't take advantage of playing vs 10 Banfield men for the last 25 minutes after striker Ruben Ramirez was sent off.
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This will be the schedule of the 6th round (starting times in GMT-3 as usual) with San Lorenzo - Velez as the outstanding game of the weekend :
Friday September 10 :
19.10--Tigre-Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata
21.20--Colón de Santa Fe-All Boys
21.20--Colón de Santa Fe-All Boys
Saturday September 11 :
14.10--Estudiantes de La Plata-Racing Club
16.20--San Lorenzo-Vélez Sársfield
18.30--Lanús-Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba
Sunday September 12 :
14.00--Argentinos Juniors-Newell's Old Boys
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