Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Inicial 2012 - Round 4 - Could this be Colon's year ?

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Could this be Colon's year ?
Only 4 rounds played (plus the 1st leg of their Copa Sudamericana series) and they are winning games with authority when they deserve it, and also when they don't like it happened tonight against Estudiantes. Very balanced and dull game, it was almost a miracle that it had 3 goals.
The visitors scored on what was basically their only shot at goal of the 1st half (Estudiantes didn't do much either). It took almost the whole 2nd half to Estudiantes to get a deserved equalizer, and only a few minutes later they wasted it with a hand in the box that was a penalty and the winning goal for Colon.

The Santa Fe team is now the only leader with 10 points, followed by Boca with 9 and a big group of teams with 7-8 points.
After 4 rounds we still have 6 undefeated teams, one that didn't concede (Newell's) and one that didn't score (Independiente).

Talking about Independiente, not only they are the only team without a goal scored in Inicial, but also they are the first team to change coach this season.

Americo "Tolo" Gallego will be the new Independiente coach and will debut next Sunday at Godoy Cruz. Fans love him and didn't accept any other coach.

As a player (defensive midfielder) he won the 1978 World Cup for Argentina, and he played his whole career half at Newell's and half at River. As a coach he worked at River where he won two championships, and also one at Newell's in 2004.
This will be the third time he'll work at Independiente, the first one was a decade ago when they won the last championship in 2002, the 2nd one in 2009 when he ended 3rd, but his contract wasn't renewed because the club board decided that it was too expensive.
He's a good coach and on paper should be able to make a better job than the inexperienced Cristian Diaz, but we'll see if the third time is also the charm.


All 3 Copa Sudamericana series involving Argentinean teams will have their 2nd legs played this week.
After the 3-3 in last week's derby, Boca needs to win at Independiente (or draw 3-3 for a penalties shootout and 4-4 to advance, same for Argentinos Juniors at Tigre (1-2) in the first leg and Racing, who not only needs to win but also do it at least by 2 goals (Colon won 3-1 the 1st leg).


Round 5 will be played next weekend and the game that stands out is the leader Colon hosting River.
This will be the full schedule (all kick off times in GMT-3):

Friday August 31
20.10--All Boys-Unión

Saturday September 1
16.15--Newell´s Old Boys-Estudiantes de La Plata
19.10--Arsenal F.C. - Lanús
20.20--Vélez Sarsfield-Belgrano de Córdoba

Sunday September 2
14.10--Tigre-San Lorenzo
16.15--Boca Juniors-Atlético de Rafaela
18.15--Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba-Independiente
20.15--Colón-River Plate

Monday September 3
17.10--Quilmes A.C. - Argentinos Juniors
19.15--Racing Club-San Martín de San Juan


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