Thursday, November 29, 2012
Tigre to the final of Copa Sudamericana !!! + Round 18 Schedule
Historic moment for Tigre as they qualify to the final of a continental tournament !! (OK, not the most important one but still it's huge for them).
Millonarios was terrible in the 1st half, Tigre was obviously just defending and trying to score on set pieces which is always their biggest strength and that's how they got the 0-1, on a header by defender Mariano Echeverria after 20 minutes of the 2nd half.
Millonarios pushed because they needed two goals but the equalizer came too late, already in stoppage time and there was not much time left so Tigre advanced thanks to the away goal rule.
Was it deserved ? Well, they did what they were expected to do (probably the only thing they can do with this squad) and it worked. Offensively Millonarios was clearly better in the 180 minutes but to win you need to score goals and they didn't do it.
First leg of the final will be at home next Wednesday vs Sao Paulo from Brazil (Lucas + Ganso + Luis Fabiano), but Tigre's stadium doesn't have the capacity required by CONMEBOL to host a final so they would need to move somewhere else (it would be decided later today).
Second leg will be one week later at Brazil.
Tigre will play at Cordoba vs Belgrano on Sunday and there's a big chance that they will ask for their last round game vs Quilmes to be postponed.
This also means that the pending game they have at Independiente won't be played until next year, early February is my guess. Copa Libertadores + 2 pending games (if they postpone the Quilmes one), some busy weeks are coming for them in February.
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Round 18, penultimate of Inicial, starts on Saturday and it could be a deciding one where Velez can win the championship and some teams could confirm their place in Copa Libertadores 2013.
Also we'll have a huge derby in San Lorenzo - Independiente, two teams in a terrible situation in the Averages table that need points ASAP.
This is the updated round 18 schedule (as usual all KO times in GMT-3):
Saturday December 1
17.00-- Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba-Quilmes A.C.
19.15-- Colón de Santa Fe-Argentinos Juniors
21.30--Racing Club-All Boys
Sunday December 2
17.00-- Vélez Sarsfield-Unión de Santa Fe
17.00-- River Plate-Lanús
17.00-- Belgrano de Córdoba-Tigre
19.15--San Lorenzo de Almagro-Independiente
20.15-- Arsenal F.C. - Boca Juniors
Monday December 3
18.00-- Newell's Old Boys-Atlético de Rafaela
20.10-- Estudiantes de La Plata-San Martín de San Juan