Sunday, March 25, 2012

Clausura 2012 - Round 7 - Relegation battle shakes up



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Three matches, all important for the relegation battle, that included some funny facts continued round 7 on Saturday:

Atletico Rafaela 2 - San Lorenzo 1

The day started with an extremely important win for Rafaela, and a sad and terrible defeat for San Lorenzo.
The visitors scored after only 5 minutes and they looked in control of the game, but after a very clear penalty not given Rafaela started to play better and before half time scored a deserved equalizer with a header off a corner.
The 2nd half was pretty much the same: poor football and two teams very very nervous and scared to lose it, and when both looked happy with the draw and there were only 4 minutes left, a goal kick ended on the other side of the field (Rafaela's pitch is one of the smallest in 1st division), San Lorenzo's defenders let the ball bounce twice and midfielder Carrera touched it to send to the end of the net and get the 3 points.
Rafaela is still in a promotion playoff place and San Lorenzo too, but if Tigre wins today they will be both tied in the 19th place of the Averages table.
Very sad moment for San Lorenzo as the future looks as bleak as ever and next week they have to play at home against Velez.


Racing 0 - Union 3

Racing's record of strange things is too long to mention. Today it was a goal conceded after only 9 seconds played, almost a record for Argentine football, and the funnies thing is that it was an own goal !
They were too nervous after this and on the other side Union used that to play a perfect game. They scored the 0-2 20 minutes later, and the 0-3 to finish the game very early in the 2nd half.
Fun Fact of the game: both teams missed a penalty, but actually there were 4 penalties missed. How is this?
Well, the referee made each team shoot their penalty twice, and both times the same happened: the first chance was saved by the goalkeeper, and the 2nd one they sent it far from the goal !!!!


Belgrano 1 - San Martin de San Juan 1

The last game of the day was bound to be a 0-0 despite Belgrano's effort as they had the best chances to win it. San Martin couldn't make a difference even though they played against 10 Belgrano players the whole 2nd half... until the referee, who had been making disasters all night, finished his ridiculous performance giving a penalty to each team in stoppage time for a 1-1 final score that didn't help any of them, but it's probably worst for San Martin because Union and Rafaela won.

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Round 7 continues today with 4 matches that involve teams fighting for the championship and Tigre's great chance of finally reaching San Lorenzo in the Averages table when they started the season with 17 points less....and stay tuned for Sunday's free preview coming later today !!!!!!!!

Sunday's schedule (all times GMT-3):

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

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