Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Inicial 2012 - Round 16 - 3 to go and nothing is decided
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Weirdest possible round with Newell's finally finishing their undefeated run with an unexpected 1-2 at home vs the always irregular All Boys and Velez losing also at home 0-1 vs Boca in a game they should have won.
Of course some teams used those slips: Lanus won a huge game at Cordoba vs Belgrano with goals 30 seconds into the game and 30 seconds before the end for their 7th consecutive win that puts them leveled at the top with Velez, and Racing destroyed a depleted by injuries Quilmes with a 4-0 and is now 3 points behind the leaders.
San Lorenzo closed a perfect week with another solid performance and a very important win 1-0 vs Atletico Rafaela that made them finish the round outside of the relegation zone.
7 points out of 9 in the week for them, the approved law that the club will get it's "holy land" back (the "return to Boedo", the neighborhood were the club had their glorious era a few decades ago was approved this week by the Buenos Aires legislature)...finally a good week to be a San Lorenzo fan.
About Independiente... if this was a great week for San Lorenzo, it was exactly the opposite for them. Not only the defeat vs Estudiantes has to worry them, but specially the unbelievable poor attitude they showed during almost the whole game.
They are now 6 points behind San Lorenzo in the averages table but 1 and a half game less (the half vs Belgrano would be completed on Wednesday 28/11 and the pending game vs Tigre doesn't have a date yet) but they are in a desperate situation with a team that has looked clueless lately.
So 3 rounds left, nothing is decided in the league and neither are the Copa Libertadores 2013 places (sorry, only subscribers get the whole story on this).
Round 17 will be played next weekend and will feature two big derbies: Boca - Racing where both need to win, and the desperate Independiente hosting River, while Velez visits All Boys and Lanus hosts Estudiantes.
Newell's and Belgrano must win and they will be visiting Union and San Martin respectively, two teams desperate for points to improve their average.
Also remember that we have the Argentina - Brazil derby on Wednesday, and on Thursday Tigre plays the first semifinal of Copa Sudamericana against Colombian team Millonarios.
Round 17 schedule (all KO times in GMT-3):
Saturday November 24
17.00--San Martín de San Juan-Belgrano de Córdoba
17.00--Unión de Santa Fe-Newell´s Old Boys
21.30--Argentinos Juniors-San Lorenzo de Almagro
Sunday November 25
17.00--Tigre-Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba
17.00--Quilmes A.C. - Arsenal F.C.
17.00--All Boys-Vélez Sarsfield
19.15--Boca Juniors-Racing Club
Monday November 26
19.15--Atlético de Rafaela-Colón de Santa Fe
21.30--Lanús-Estudiantes de La Plata