Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Final 2013 - Round 3 - Independiente dominates the derby, River/Lanus stay perfect

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Perfect week for Independiente, the best they had in a very long time as they won the huge Avellaneda derby 2-0 vs Racing and for the first time in 21 rounds they are out of the relegation zone (at least temporarily).
Few times I've seen a team play a big derby with less attitude than Racing. Independiente scored after only 3 minutes and just cruised through the rest of the game watching like the harmless Racing couldn't even take a shot at goal.
Two defeats in three games for Racing as fans start to lose the little patience they had on coach Luis Zubeldia.

The two leaders of the tournament will remain perfect for one more week.
Lanus had to work more than expected to beat a Velez team full of reserves due to their Copa Libertadores commitments but in the end got a very deserved 1-0 win.

River won vs Tigre one of the craziest games in a very long time.
Down 0-1 with 5 minutes left and having a very poor performance it looked like their streak was over, until out of nowhere they scored 3 goals in less than 10 minutes to complete an amazing comeback and stay at the top of the league tied with Lanus.

At this point is no longer a surprise to see Boca struggle not only in defense but also in attack. They played at All Boys and the only reason why they didn't concede a goal in the 1st half was thanks to goalkeeper Oscar Ustari who had some great saves but he couldn't to much in the 2nd half and Boca lost their first game of Final 2013.

Argentinos Jrs is in a free fall and after the 1-2 defeat vs Arsenal lost their coach, Union took another step forward towards relegation in their defeat vs Quilmes, San Lorenzo drew for the 4th consecutive week and Belgrano took their first win of 2013 in the last minute vs Colon.

Round 3 results:

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

Round 3 goals:

Round 4 will start next Friday and will feature some very interesting games: the most important one is the derby between San Lorenzo and one of the leaders, River while the other leader, Lanus, will visit a Racing that must put the lost derby behind them. Also a very important game for the relegations table, Quilmes - Atletico Rafaela and Juan Roman Riquelme could be back for Boca as they host Union.

Round 4 schedule:

Friday March 1
19.10-- Quilmes A.C.-Atlético de Rafaela
21.15-- Newell's Old Boys-Belgrano 

Saturday March 2
17.00-- Colón de Santa Fe-Estudiantes de La Plata       
20.15-- Arsenal F. C. -Independiente 

Sunday March 3
17.00-- Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba-Argentinos Juniors       
17.00-- San Lorenzo de Almagro-River Plate    
18.00-- Racing Club-Lanús  
19.10-- Tigre-All Boys  
20.15-- Boca Juniors-Unión de Santa Fe      

Monday March 4
21.15-- Vélez Sarsfield-San Martín de San Juan  


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