Friday, March 23, 2012

Copa Libertadores/Argentina Recap + Clausura Round 7 Schedule




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It was a good week for Argentinean teams in Copa Libertadores.
Lanus won a key match at Ecuador 2-0 vs Emelec and their situation in Group 2 is much better as they lead it with 7 points, followed by Flamengo (Brazil) with 5, Olimpia (Paraguay) with 4 and Emelec closes with only 3.
Flamengo and Olimpia have one game less played so the group is still pretty open and will be decided in the last 2 rounds.

Velez put one foot on the Round of 16 with their 3rd win in 4 matches. It was a 1-0 vs Deportivo Quito (Ecuador) with a goal in the 88th minute but it should have been at least a 2 or 3 goals win.
They now lead Group 7 with 9 points, followed by Dep. Quito and Chivas (Mexico) with 4 points and Defensor Sporting (Uruguay) with 3.
The Mexicanos and Uruguayans will meet next week to complete round 4, but unless something really strange happens Velez will advance.

The last team to play this week was Godoy Cruz, who drew 2-2 a very difficult game at Colombia vs Atletico Nacional.
The Colombians are still leaders of Group 8 with 8 points, followed by Godoy Cruz with 5, Universidad de Chile with 4 and Peñarol (Uruguay) has only 1.
Universidad and Peñarol will play next week and if the Chileans win, Godoy Cruz will be in some trouble.

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Copa Argentina was also played this week.
First division teams Racing, Tigre and Olimpo advanced to the Round of 16 as also did 2nd division's Quilmes, and the only humiliation was for Arsenal, who was eliminated by Sarmiento de Resistencia from Torneo Argentino B (4th tier!) in a match that ended 2-1.
Next week the last 3 Round of 32 matches will be played and then things will start getting more interesting.

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Round 7 of Clausura starts tonight with only 1 match, Banfield hosting All Boys, but will also feature some very interesting relegation battle matches like Atletico Rafaela - San Lorenzo and the leader Tigre visiting Arsenal.
Also Boca will play at home vs Lanus before their key Copa Libertadores match next week and Velez against the uprising Newell's on Monday.

Round 7 schedule :

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
18.15-- Colón de Santa Fe-Independiente
19.10-- Arsenal F.C.-Tigre
20.30-- Boca Juniors-Lanús

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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