Friday, June 22, 2012

Clausura 2012 - The last round starts today !!



Boca advanced to the final of Copa Libertadores in one of the most crazy 0-0 I've seen because of the many chances both teams missed.
Boca could have finished the 1st half winning 2-0. They had lots of open spaces in attack but Pablo Mouche was in a terrible night and missed lots of good opportunities to score. In the 2nd half they had a good positions as well but it was the hosts who dominated and couldn't score at least 1 goal that would have given us a great finish to watch.
3 balls in the posts, good saves by both goalkeepers...should have been a 2-2 but it was probably the best 0-0 I've seen in a very long time.

So Boca ties Peñarol's record of 10 Libertadores finals (they won 6 of the 9 they've played so far) and they will play against Corinthians, one of Brazil giants who curiously reached the final for the first time.
The 1st leg will be played next Wednesday at Buenos Aires, and the 2nd leg one week later at Sao Paulo. Corinthians arrives at this final undefeated (7 wins, 5 draws) while Boca has only one defeat (back in the groups stage, 1-2 at home vs Fluminense).
Remember that away goals don't count on the finals and in case the results + goals difference is the same, we have a 30 min ET and then a penalties shootout.

One crazy record: it's been 20 years since the last time a Brazilian team beat an Argentine team in a Copa Libertadores final, when Sao Paulo beat Newell's (coached by Marcelo Bielsa) on a penalty shootout. Since then they met 5 times and Argentine teams always won (Boca 3 times, Velez once and Estudiantes once).
Will Corinthians break this streak and claim their first Libertadores title or will Boca win it for the 7th time to tie Independiente's record ?

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And it's now time to move on to the last round of Clausura 2012 and probably one of the most craziest we've ever seen.



Besides 3 meaningless games that will be played today and on Saturday, we will have a Sunday with 7 games at the same time that will decide the championship or the relegation...or not, because there are many chances that 2 or more teams can end tied at both ends of the table what means that we could have playoff games to untie them !!!

As I mentioned a few days ago, the detailed explanation and different possibilities for each team that will decide their fate this Sunday is reserved to paid customers of the Argentina Previews service, so as usual if you want to join just email me to mncarg@gmail.com and you can start the 2012/2013 season of Argentine football with all the best information.

Updated standings and Averages table can be found on the link below, and this is the planned schedule (all kick off times are GMT-3):

Friday June 22
15.00-- Olimpo de Bahía Blanca-Argentinos Juniors
19.15-- Newell's Old Boys-Lanús


Saturday June 23
20.20-- Racing Club-Vélez Sarsfield

Sunday June 24
15.00-- San Lorenzo-San Martín de San Juan
15.00-- Unión de Santa Fe-Estudiantes de La Plata
15.00-- All Boys-Boca Juniors
15.00-- Arsenal F.C.-Belgrano
15.00-- Banfield-Colón de Santa Fe
15.00-- Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba-Atlético Rafaela
15.00-- Tigre-Independiente


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