Friday, May 25, 2012

Clausura 2012 - Round 16 starts tonight ! (plus Copa Libertadores and Copa Argentina Update)

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Copa Libertadores Quarterfinals finished this week and while one of the Argentinean teams advanced, the other was eliminated on a penalty shootout.

Fluminense 1 - Boca 1 (Boca advances on a 2-1 agg)

Boca is the first team in semifinals of Copa Libertadores thanks to a very late goal by Santiago Silva, when the series looked bound to finish in a penalty shootout.
Boca's performance wasn't good at all and if Fluminense would have been at full strength (with Deco and Fred especially) the story could have been different, but I don't think any Boca fan cares about this.

Santos 1 (4) - Velez 0 (2) (Santos advances on the penalty shootout after both legs finished 1-0)

Bad luck for Velez who played an almost perfect series, had to play 45 minutes with 10 men due to the red card to goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero and still held the dangerous Santos scoreless for 170 minutes. The Brazilian team advanced on the penalties shootout, but was absolutely disappointing and will need to improve a lot because I can't see them winning Copa Libertadores for a 2nd year in a row playing like this.

Copa Libertadores semifinals will start in 2 weeks, and we'll have the two Brazilian clubs left in the competition, Corinthians - Santos playing each other, while Boca will play against Universidad de Chile, the Copa Sudamericana 2011 champion and a great team, that advanced on penalties after 1-1 in both legs vs Libertad from Paraguay. First leg will be at Buenos Aires in 3 weeks.
All series have been extremely tight, all decided by penalties shootouts or late goals so at this point looks very difficult to predict who will win it the competition.


We also have the 3rd Copa Argentina team in semis and it's Nacional B side Deportivo Merlo, who beat Tigre 2-1.

Boca - Rosario Central will play next Wednesday the remaining Quarterfinal game and the winner will meet Deportivo Merlo, while the other semifinal is the derby Racing - River.


Round 16 of Clausura starts tonight with another key game for the relegation battle against San Martin and Olimpo, and this is the complete schedule (all KO times are GMT-3):

Friday May 25
19.10--San Martín de San Juan-Olimpo de Bahía Blanca

Saturday May 26
16.10--Lanús-All Boys
18.15--Argentinos Juniors-Banfield
20.20--Belgrano de Córdoba-Racing Club

Sunday May 27
15.00--Atlético Rafaela-Tigre
15.15--San Lorenzo-Newell´s Old Boys
19.15--Boca Juniors-Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba

Monday May 28
18.10--Estudiantes de La Plata-Arsenal F.C.
20.30--Colón de Santa Fe-Vélez Sarsfield

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