Monday, March 19, 2012

Clausura 2012 - Round 6 - Laws of the Game

Four games completed Round 6 of Clausura 2012 on Sunday:

San Lorenzo 1 - Colon 1

As some of you probably know, I'm a San Lorenzo fan so don't expect an objective comment from me when only a few hours ago I witnessed an unbelievable thing like it is a referee that doesn't know the laws of the game, but it's even worst to have one stubborn enough to not recognize such a big mistake. His name is Diego Abal.
Colon played with 10 men since early in the game and basically never shot at goal in the whole match. San Lorenzo was not a lot better but at least they were moving the ball around, trying to find some open spaces so it was not surprise when they scored the 1-0 before halftime through a long shot that had a lucky bounce on a Colon defender.
The 2nd half wasn't much different. San Lorenzo couldn't find a way to score the 2nd goal and Colon looked resigned that there was no way back....until with 25 minutes left "The Play" happened.
It's a little bit difficult to explain, so here's a video:

The Colon player that sends the cross is obviously offside, and the laws of the game clearly said that this is an offside because the San Lorenzo player just bounced the ball, so the assistant referee raised his flag and all the players just thought the play was over. But the referee had a different idea and decided to give the goal obviously not knowing the offside rule.
After that San Lorenzo was obviously too nervous and they barely had any chances to win it. The day ended with some riots by fans that wanted to reach the referee locker room (I don't think they just wanted to ask him what happened), police overreaction, chaos, tear gas, people hurt and a high chance that San Lorenzo will play a couple of games behind locked doors due to this incidents.
Here you have another video with an extended version of the "goal":

Newell's 1 - Atletico Rafaela 0

Good win by Newell's that was much better than Atletico Rafaela who with this defeat falls in a direct relegation place, moving Tigre up to the promotion playoffs zone.
Once again their lack of a good scorer made them suffer until the last minutes but it should have been a 2-3 goals difference match without a doubt.
The new Rafaela coach will have a lot of hard work to give some confidence to this team who has lost 4 matches in a row.

San Martin de San Juan 0 - Boca 1

Fair win for Boca because even if it was by only one late goal, they were always better than San Martin and for the first time in the last weeks they were solid in defense as well.
In silence and after the unexpected 4-5 defeat in the derby they are now only 1 point behind the leader Tigre and they can rest this week so...lookout for Boca because they are obviously not dead at all.

Arsenal 1 - Banfield 0

As Newell's, Arsenal also had a fair win that should have been by a bigger difference.
An early goal made things easier for them and twice the posts in the 2nd half saved Banfield from a bigger defeat.
I wonder if new Banfield coach Eduardo Acevedo is already sorry about accepting this job because this team looks completely dead.

We'll have some Copa Argentina Round of 32 games this week:

Tuesday March 20
Atlético Tucumán-Sportivo Italiano
Tigre-Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata

Wednesday March 21
Racing-Patronato de Paraná
Sarmiento de Chaco-Arsenal F.C.

Thursday March 22
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca-Excursionistas

Round 7 starts next Friday and will feature some interesting matches like the extremely important Atletico Rafaela - San Lorenzo match, the leader Tigre visiting Arsenal and Velez hosting the uprising Newell's.

Friday March 23
21.30-- Banfield-All Boys

Saturday March 24
18.15-- Atlético Rafaela-San Lorenzo
20.30-- Belgrano de Córdoba-San Martín de San Juan
20.30-- Racing Club-Unión de Santa Fe

Sunday March 25
16.00-- Argentinos Juniors-Estudiantes de La Plata
16.00-- Arsenal F.C.-Tigre
18.15-- Boca Juniors-Lanús
20.30-- Colón de Santa Fe-Independiente

Monday March 26
19.10-- Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba-Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
21.15-- Vélez Sarsfield-Newell's Old Boys

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