Sunday, April 8, 2012

Clausura 2012 - Round 9 - Boca retakes the top of Clausura

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Banfield 2 - Union 2

Banfield and Union played the game that could be expected from them until the 89th minute but with a weird finish as both scored through penalty kicks in stoppage time.
The draw was fair no doubts about that so in the end the crazy last minutes with two penalties (both very clear and perfectly called) didn't change much.
Until then it had been a very balanced match where Banfield scored the 1st goal (also a penalty!) but Union scored the equalizer they long deserved in the 2nd half.

Boca 2 - Argentinos Jrs 1

It seems like the 2012 Boca likes to suffer. Once again, like in many games this year, they conceded a very early goal but this time (unlike vs Independiente or Fluminense) they made a comeback and held to the win. Despite that early goal and the tight 2-1 final score there are no doubts that the Clausura leader deserved the 3 points even though Dario Cvitanich was offside when he scored the 2nd goal.
Argentinos showed nothing besides that 1st goal and Boca, not playing as brilliant as last week vs Estudiantes, always looked like the most dangerous team and it was obvious all the time that their goals were coming sooner or later.

Colon 1 - Lanus 0

Another unlucky game for Lanus in Clausura. They were slightly better than Colon in a very poor match and when it looked like there was no way to change the goalless draw, veteran striker Javier Chevanton scored the 1-0 with less than 5 minutes left.
Lanus is doing great in Copa Libertadores but they don't win in Clausura since the 2nd round and they sit in the last place while Colon is 7 points behind Boca...and who knows, maybe this is the year where they don't disappoint everybody like they do time after time?

All Boys 2 - Tigre 0

All Boys took 3 extremely important points against a Tigre, who received another punch in the stomach (1 point in the last 4 matches) and might end the round even deeper in direct relegation zone depending on San Lorenzo's result on Monday.
It was really a very poor game, with both teams playing with a lot of hear but showing really poor football. All Boys scored the 1st goal and exactly as expected they went all in defense while Tigre struggled to create any danger and even with 1 more men in the field for 25 minutes the only thing they could do was throw harmless long balls.
All Boys takes a little more difference over the promotion playoff places while Tigre started to feel the pressure of being so close to relegation. Where is the Tigre that was leading the league a month ago ?

Atletico Rafaela 3 - San Martin de San Juan 1

The last game of the day was another relegation battle match, and a very entertaining one. San Martin opened the score with a nice long shot and when it looked like Rafaela had no reaction and they were going to end the round in direct relegation, they scored twice before halftime for the unexpected 2-1.
The 2nd half was both ways. San Martin made Rafaela's coach the man of the match as they were close to get the draw more than once but in the end Rafaela finished it on a counter attack for the 3-1 than gets them out of the promotion playoffs zone and sends San Martin and their 6 games without a win, in it.

Two matches today in Clausura, both at the same time (the Racing-San Lorenzo derby was postponed to Monday):

15.00 (GMT-3)-- Belgrano de Córdoba-Estudiantes de La Plata
(GMT-3)-- Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba-Newell's Old Boys

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