Monday, February 27, 2012

Clausura 2012 - Round 3 - Sunday / 4 Leaders


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With only 1 game left in Round 3 we have 4 leaders in Clausura: Boca, Velez, All Boys and Tigre, who are together with Lanus and Estudiantes, the only teams that are still undefeated this semester.

To Sunday games...

Racing 1 - Banfield 2

I've written "disappointing" so many times about Racing that it's getting boring, but that's what they are. The game started perfect for them with a goal in the 4th minute (penalty kick) but a few minutes later they conceded through another penalty kick. They continued dominating, and when in the 35th minute Banfield received a red card, the game was played on Banfield's box the next 40 minutes.
Banfield held with a 9 men defense trying to play on counter attacks, and Racing helped them with some harmless attack despite having the ball almost 90% of the time.
With 10 minutes left, they received a red card too thanks to Colombian striker Teofilo Gutierrez stupidity (he might have scored a lot for them but fans are losing their patience with him) and slowly they started to realize that a draw might not be that bad...until in the last minute of the game Banfield scored with a header and all hell broke lose for Racing.
Everybody left the stadium insulted and 68 years old coach Alfio Basile even insulted a few fans back and invited them to fight. Nice !
Banfield showed basically nothing, only a lot of heart and some luck, not bad after such poor results lately.

Boca 2 - Newell's 0

Boca won in Boca style once again, but this time I have to admit they played a little better and even though they were not brilliant, it was a fair win.
Newell's had a step back in their recovery. They respected Boca too much, left them manage the ball and when it looked like at least they were taking a draw to HT they took a nap in defense and conceded. And you know what happens when you concede to Boca...you rarely come back from that.

Velez 3 - Arsenal 2

Velez again was the best team of the round and there's not much to comment about it.
They were winning comfortably, relaxed a little bit too much and suffered in the end but got an overall deserved win.
Good game by Arsenal too, as usual they were a tough team despite conceding 3 goals.

Godoy Cruz 0 - Tigre 2

What an important win for Tigre. Those 3 points kept them within a short distance of San Lorenzo, they got a bigger one above Olimpo and got closer to Union.
But it wasn't an easy game for them. They scored early and then held to the 1-0 thanks to a brilliant game by goalkeeper Javier Garcia who saved them a couple of times (the post also did it once) and then they finished the game on a counter attack when Godoy Cruz was all in offense.

Round 3 ends today with Lanus hosting San Martin de San Juan at 21.15 (GMT-3)

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