Monday, October 25, 2010

Apertura 2010 12th Round : Derbies, derbies and more derbies

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Three derbies (plus the Argentinos Jrs-All Boys and Quilmes-Banfield rivalries) and the only team that can consider themselves really happy is Huracan, who beat a San Lorenzo with an alarming lack of attitude. As a fan of "El Ciclon" you can imagine my mood today. It doesn't really matter that it was a derby (it was the first time Huracan won at home vs San Lorenzo since 2000, and the historic H2H still favors San Lorenzo by 31 games) but the problem is that the future looks bleak if some players don't realize that they are at one of the biggest teams of Argentina.

The other two derbies gave some boring draws as River-Racing and Independiente-Boca showed nothing different from what they've shown the whole season.
River and Boca are already thinking on the Super-Derby to be played in 2 weeks, Independiente is 100% focused on Copa Sudamericana and Racing is trying to find their best team to see if next year they can finally fight for a championship, something that doesn't happen since 2001.

The game to watch this round was Velez-Estudiantes, but as most of the times happens it was a really disappointing game. Both missed their best player, Moralez for Velez and Veron for Estudiantes, and the visitors decided since the 1st minute that a draw was good enough for them, so they approached the game with a extremely defensive tactic and took home the result they needed to keep the 3 points difference over Velez.

Surprise of Apertura, Arsenal, hosted the surprise of 2010, Godoy Cruz, and they missed a great chance to get closer to Estudiantes. Arsenal was the best team of both, but the visitors scored 2 goals in 2 minutes early in the 2nd half that changed the game, and closed it with a penalty kick in the last minute. Godoy Cruz is every day closer to achieve their main goal of this semester and qualify to Copa Libertadores for the first time in club history.

Lanus also missed a chance to get closer to the leader, after losing 1-2 at home vs Colon. This was a meeting between two very irregular teams...and of course the result could have gone either way.

Good wins for Tigre and Banfield against Olimpo and Quilmes, two teams that can't find a way out of the relegation zone, and a very tight one for Argentinos over All Boys in a very closed game where neither of them deserved to lose.
The round was closed with Newell's beating Gimnasia 1-0. The team from Rosario is now only 6 points behind Estudiantes and with 11 league games undefeated they want all their goals open : Copa Sudamericana, qualifying to Copa Libertadores 2011 and maybe fight for the championship.

Next round shows an interesting meeting between Banfield and Velez, Lanus visiting Estudiantes, a derby between San Lorenzo and Independiente and two very important games for the Averages table : Olimpo - Huracan and All Boys - River.

This is the schedule of the 13th round :

Friday October 29
19.10-- Olimpo de Bahía Blanca-Huracán
21.20-- Estudiantes de La Plata-Lanús

Saturday October 30
14.10-- Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata-Quilmes
16.20-- San Lorenzo-Independiente
18.30-- Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba-Newell's Old Boys
20.30-- Banfield-Vélez Sársfield

Sunday October 31
14.00-- Colón-Tigre
16.00-- All Boys-River Plate
18.10-- Boca Juniors-Argentinos Juniors
20.20-- Racing Club-Arsenal

Standings :

Averages Table ( :

Copa Libertadores 2011 table ( :

* Tables taken from "La Redó" (

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