Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Final 2013 - Round 2 - Lanus wins again, how far can they go ?

Another huge win for Lanus, a 3-0 at Newell's who were resting a few important players due to their Copa Libertadores commitments, and 3 very important points that not many teams will get at Rosario.
7 goals, 0 conceded for the best team so far of Final 2013 as they started the tournament looking like a major candidate to win the championship.
Of course, it's too early and they are not alone at the top because River and their narrow 1-0 win with a nice goal by world cup champion David Trezeguet vs Estudiantes also puts them at the top of the standings.

Boca's coach Carlos Bianchi had enough of watching his team conceding freely in the first games of the semester and decided to change half team, putting a strong defensive team but with little offensive intentions.
The result ? An awful 0-0 at Tigre who tried to win it but couldn't get through Boca's defensive tactics.

What a win for Independiente!
First surprise of the tournament, they end their bad streak in the most unexpected match. Of course, they didn't deserve it at all.
The game started pretty balanced, Velez started to play better when defender Julian Velazquez got a 2nd yellow for a very hard fouls in midfield. It was all Velez after that (final ball possession was 64%-36% for Velez), and in Independiente's first attack, right before halftime, they get a corner from where they scored a ridiculous and great goal by defender Cristian Tula (he chipped the ball almost unintentionally).
The 2nd half was also all Velez, I'm not sure if Independiente even had a shot at goal, but as minutes passed they started to look tired and with poor accuracy in their passes.
Independiente is still in relegation zone, but now only a couple of thousandths behind San Martin, and they cut the difference with San Lorenzo to 9 points.
Velez will have to start worrying a little bit of the way they are playing because not even in their win vs Argentinos they were convincing enough, and they have a definitely must win in Copa Libertadores this week, plus they will visit Lanus in round 3.

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Round 2 results:

Racing Club 2 - Argentinos Juniors 0
Godoy Cruz 2 - Unión 1
San Lorenzo 0 - Belgrano 0
Colón 1 - San Martín de San Juan 1
Vélez 0 - Independiente 1
Tigre 0 - Boca 0
Quilmes 2 - All Boys 1
Newell’s 0 - Lanús 3
River Plate 1 - Estudiantes 0
Arsenal 0 - At. Rafaela 0

All the goals of Round 2:

Lanus and River are the only leaders and the 3rd round that starts on Friday looks pretty exciting.
The two games that stand out are the HUUUUUGE Avellaneda derby between Independiente and Racing, and a meeting of two of the best teams in Lanus - Velez, but we also have River - Tigre, and Union - Quilmes in a big relegation "final".

This is the full round 3 schedule:

Friday February 22
19.10--Argentinos Juniors-Arsenal de Sarandí
21.15--Estudiantes de La Plata-San Lorenzo

Saturday February 23
17.10--Unión de Santa Fe-Quilmes
19.15--All Boys-Boca Juniors
20.15--Lanús-Vélez Sarsfield

Sunday February 24
17.00--Independiente-Racing Club
17.00--Atlético de Rafaela-Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba
18.00--Belgrano de Córdoba-Colón de Santa Fe
20.15--River Plate-Tigre

Monday February 25
22.15--San Martín de San Juan-Newell’s Old Boys


Averages Table:

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