Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Inicial 2012 - Round 5 - Boca back on top

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Top of the league changed this weekend after Boca won their 4th consecutive match, a very lucky 2-1 against Atletico Rafaela while a tired Colon conceded in the last minutes of their game vs River for a 1-1 draw that left them in 2nd place.

Atletico Rafaela played better and deserved a draw for sure, but Boca was on a lucky day and won it with two very good headers by Lucas Viatri.
The last play of the game was a huge save by goalkeeper Ustari that would have been a fair equalizer, and now Boca is the only leader of Inicial with 12 points because Colon couldn't win.

Round 5 of Inicial also saw Racing not wasting a great chance to get the 3 points in a game they had to win, and that is big news.
Of course, they couldn't do it in a normal way: 18 years old striker Luciano Vietto, who coach Zubeldia decided to include in the starting lineup in the last minute, scored a perfect hat trick (right foot, header, left foot) and in the last minute of the game midfielder Agustin Pelletieri saved a penalty because goalkeeper Jorge De Olivera was sent off and they didn't have any more substitions.

Newell's 94th minute 1-0 win vs Estudiantes, the unstoppable Arsenal and another tight 1-0 win vs Lanus, Velez and another good performance in the 2-1 vs Belgrano were some of the highlights of the 5th round of this Inicial that still has 4 undefeated teams (Racing, Arsenal, Newell's and Colon) and also 2 teams that still couldn't get a point (Union and San Martin).

Independiente finally scored a goal, but despite the coach change they lost again and it was a hurtful one because it came through a penalty kick in the 92nd minute of their visit to Godoy Cruz.

Round 5 Results:

All Boys 3 - Unión 1
Newell´s 1 - Estudiantes de La Plata 0
Arsenal 1 - Lanús 0
Vélez Sarsfield 2 - Belgrano 1

Tigre 1 - San Lorenzo 1
Boca Juniors 2 - Atlético de Rafaela 1
Godoy Cruz 2 - Independiente 1
Colón 1 - River Plate
Quilmes 0 - Argentinos Juniors 1
Racing Club 3 - San Martín de San Juan 1


Round 6 was originally scheduled to be played in midweek due to the World Cup Qualifiers but in the end it was decided that it will be played normally during the weekend but with no games on Friday because Argentina is hosting Paraguay (and also the other 3 games will be played).

The players called from local teams are: Maxi Rodríguez (Newell´s), Clemente Rodriguez (Boca), Rodrigo Braña (Estudiantes) and Oscar Ustari (Boca)
Ustari was called only as a 3rd goalkeeper so he will be released on Sunday to play in Boca's visit to Argentinos Jrs.

Round 6 will feature a few interesting matches, including River - Newell's, San Lorenzo - Colon and Estudiantes - Velez (all kick off times in GMT-3)

Saturday September 8
14.00--San Martín de San Juan-Arsenal F.C.
16.10--Atlético de Rafaela-All Boys
18.15--Estudiantes de La Plata-Vélez Sarsfield
20.20--San Lorenzo-Colón

Sunday September 9
14.00--Independiente-Quilmes A.C.
16.10--Argentinos Juniors-Boca Juniors
18.15--Belgrano de Córdoba-Racing Club
20.15--River Plate-Newell´s Old Boys

Monday September 10
19.15--Lanús-Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba


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