Thursday, March 15, 2012

Copa Argentina + Copa Libertadores / Giants Killers !

We are only 24 hours away from the start of Round 6 of Clausura 2012.
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Only 1 of the 3 first division teams that played so far this week in Copa Argentina survived.
It was San Lorenzo, who drew 1-1 vs 2nd division side Chacarita and then won 3-1 on penalties.

On Tuesday, Estudiantes was eliminated on the penalties shootout after a 0-0 against Deportivo Merlo (2nd division) while Colon suffered an humilliation losing 0-1 against Sarmiento de Junin, one of the teams fighting in the top places of Primera B Metropolitana, one of Argentina's 3rd tier leagues.

San Lorenzo, Deportivo Merlo and Sarmiento join Boca, River, and Belgrano as the teams already qualified to the Round of 16.
This week's Copa Argentina schedule includes two more games tomorrow: Atletico Rafaela - Banfield, and a two Nacional B (2nd division) teams game, Atlanta - Quilmes.

Meanwhile in Copa Libertadores...

Lanus 1 - Emelec (Ecuador) 0

Lanus got the win they needed to stay alive in Copa Libertadores and even though the difference was only one goal, they made Emelec’s goalkeeper the man of the match because it was him who prevented the host from winning by more goals.
The early red card in the 1st half sure helped Lanus who finally ended a 4th consecutive defeats streak.
Flamengo (Brazil) and Lanus lead Group 2 with 4 points while Olimpia (Paraguay) and Emelec (Ecuador) have 3, but the Brazilians and Paraguayans still have to play their 3rd round game tonight.

Arsenal 1 - Boca 2

For the 3rd game in a row Boca conceded before the 10th minute, but this time they were able to turn around the result and take the 3 points they really needed.
But once again, they didn’t play a good game. Arsenal took an early lead through an own goal and when they looked closer to the 2nd one they conceded the 1-1.
The 2nd half was more balanced but again it was Arsenal who looked more in control, but a counter attack and a defensive distraction gave Boca the win.

After 3 rounds Fluminense is the comfortable leader of Group 4 with 9 points, Boca is now in 2nd place with 4 points, Arsenal has 3 and Zamora (Venezuela) 1.

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