Monday, March 26, 2012

Clausura 2012 - Round 7 - Estudiantes is the new leader

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Four games on Sunday to continue Round 7 of Clausura...

Argentinos Jrs 1 - Estudiantes 2

The day started with the game between Argentinos and Estudiantes, a very balanced match where a draw would have been the most fair result.
A very silly penalty after only 2 minutes played gave the visitors the lead, but Argentinos came back to get the deserved equalizer before half time.
The 2nd half was as balanced as it could be. Not much happened as the game was played under very heavy rain when Estudiantes scored the 1-2 and a few minutes later received a red card. It was all Argentinos after that but they missed some great opportunities to get the 2-2 and ended the match with empty hands.
Estudiantes is the new leader of Clausura due to Tigre's defeat (Velez can share the lead if they win today), they didn't lose in the last 12 games and I will repeat what I've been saying the last few weeks: if without their best players they can still win even though they don't play well, then soon they could become the main candidate to win the championship.

Colon 3 - Independiente 0

Back to reality for Independiente ?
They were playing better than Colon who was looking like the usual scared team they are when playing at home, but this time they were lucky that Independiente couldn't score in two big chances and when it looked like the 1st half was going to end scoreless, a very good counter attack gave the host the 1-0 lead.
After that Independiente simply collapsed under some very heavy rain that started at halftime. Early in the 2nd half Colon got the 2nd through a long shot that was deflected on a Independiente defender and the 3rd goal came quickly after that to finished the visitors who showed no reaction after the 1-0.

Tigre 1 - Arsenal 0

Tigre lost the lead of Clausura, they are no longer undefeated and the most important thing, they lost a huge chance to reach San Lorenzo in the Averages table.
Both were too careful until a red card on a Tigre defender changed the game as they became more cautious. Not much was happening when Arsenal scored the 1-0 and with nothing to lose Tigre went all in attack to get the draw, but Arsenal was overall closer to get the 2-0 on counter attacks than the visitors to get the equalizer.
Third consecutive 1-0 win for Arsenal, and a big missed opportunity for Tigre who is now back in direct relegation zone.

Boca 2 - Lanus 2

Last game of the day was an entertaining 2-2 draw between Boca and Lanus. Boca tried to be careful knowing that Lanus's counter attacks were pretty dangerous and when the 1st half was slowing down and fading into a scoreless match, madness happened and 3 goals were scored in only 4-5 minutes.
Lanus started the 2nd half much more focused and when after 10 minutes they scored the 2-2 it was absolutely deserved. A red card for the hosts came a few minutes later and that was basically when the game finished because Lanus went forward but looking scared of losing against 10 Boca men, and Boca didn't risk much because a draw was not that bad for them.

Round 7 will end today with two matches, including Velez's chances of reaching Estudiantes at the top of Clausura.

Monday schedule (times in GMT-3):

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

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