Thursday, March 21, 2013

Final 2013 - Round 6 - Newell's joins the party



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Almost one third of the tournament gone and another important win for Lanus at Mendoza against Godoy Cruz, the only other team that was undefeated until last week.
It was a narrow but fair 1-0 with a header by defender Carlos Izquierdoz that helps them stay as the only leader of Final.

Newell's joined the party and climbed to the 2nd place with their also narrow 1-0 win at home vs River. It was thanks to yet another great goal by Ignacio Scocco who has an european club in his near future.
Despite focusing in Copa Libertadores Newell's is now only 3 points behind Lanus and looking forward at another great semester. River has proven that they can beat weaker teams but the two times they faced decent opposition (vs San Lorenzo and Newell's) they didn't show much and lost, so that's one thing that coach Ramon Diaz needs to fix soon if they want to fight for the championship.

It was the craziest week that I can remember as a San Lorenzo fan. After Pope Francis was said to be a San Lorenzo fan the club was just everywhere in the news all around the world.
The team's performance in the 1-0 at Colon (who had their coach fired after the game) was not good at all and it came through an own goal (divine intervention?) but the important thing for them was to get the 3 points to keep climbing in the Averages table.

One of the most expected games of the weekend was Quilmes - Independiente, a match that had huge importance for the Averages table but both teams were too scared to lose and it finished in a boring and disappointing scoreless draw.

The round also had yet anoter terrible performance for Boca in a 1-1 at home vs Argentinos Juniors, Union that hopes to stay in 1st division beating Tigre 2-1, San Martin's unstoppable free fall in a 2-3 defeat at Arsenal, Racing also playing another disappointing game in a 1-1 vs Belgrano, All Boys' celebrating their 100th year anniversary in a 2-1 vs Atletico Rafaela and Velez probably saying goodbye to their chances of fighting for the title after a draw at home vs Estudiantes.

Round 6 results:
Tigre 1 - Unión 2
Colón 0 - San Lorenzo 1
Quilmes 0 - Independiente 0
Godoy Cruz 0 - Lanús 1
Newell's 1 - River Plate 0
Racing Club 1 - Belgrano 1
Vélez 1 - Estudiantes 1
Boca 1 - Argentinos Juniors 1
Arsenal 3 - San Martín de San Juan 2
All Boys 2 - Atlético de Rafaela 1

All the goals:



The league will take a break this next weekend due to the World Cup Qualifiers.

Some big games scheduled for round 7, including 3 derbies: Independiente - Boca is of course the biggest one, a big regional derby in San Martin - Godoy Cruz and a small one between Argentinos Juniors and All Boys, two neighbour clubs.
Also San Lorenzo - Newell's, River hosts Velez and the leader Lanus vs Quilmes.
Still no kick off times, but this are the dates for the round:

Friday March 29
Belgrano de Córdoba-Arsenal F.C.
Colón de Santa Fe-Tigre

Saturday March 30
River Plate-Vélez Sarsfield
Estudiantes de La Plata-Racing Club
Argentinos Juniors-All Boys

Sunday March 31
San Martín de San Juan-Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
Independiente-Boca Juniors
Atlético de Rafaela-Unión de Santa Fe
San Lorenzo de Almagro-Newell´s Old Boys

Monday April 1st
Lanús-Quilmes A.C.

 Standings:

 

Averages Table:


 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Final 2013 - Round 5 - Who can stop Lanus ?



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Another round gone as we reach the end of the first quarter of Final 2013 and Lanus continues their unstoppable run with 4 wins in 5 matches that includes only 1 goal conceded.
This week the 3 points came through a 2-1 win at home vs Arsenal, who were playing an almost all reserves squad due to their midweek Copa Libertadores commitments that included a game at Sao Paulo last Thursday (1-1) and they play at home against the same rival this week.
Lanus was clearly better and it should have been a bigger win, but they relaxed too much in the 2nd half.

Similar situation for River and their 2-1 win vs Colon.
The "Millonarios" were able to recover from last week's defeat in the derby at San Lorenzo with a good performance that puts them in 2nd place only 1 point behind Lanus.

Only one other undefeated team left besides Lanus and it is the surprising Godoy Cruz, who won a huge game at Independiente 1-0 and they now sit two points from the top, and they meet with the leader this next weekend !
Independiente just can't catch a break. They won the derby vs Racing two weeks ago and it looked like it was the starting point for the winning streak they need to get out of the relegation zone, but they've accumulated two defeats after it and their future looks bleak at the moment.

One of the reasons for this is Quilmes and their uprising moment. They were a lot better than Argentinos Juniors, a team in a complete free fall at the moment.
All 3 goals were long shots and definitely worth to watch  (check the video with all the round goals below) but there were never any doubts about the visitors taking the 3 points.

Talking about Argentinos Jrs, they have a new coach and it's Ricardo Caruso Lombardi, the "magician" who is hired by teams that are fighting relegation to save them.
His "magic" is to use very defensive tactics, we'll see if it works for Argentinos like it did last season for San Lorenzo.

Boca continues struggling and with a reserves team rescued a point in the final minuted vs Atletico Rafaela, Belgrano beat a Velez with reserves, San Lorenzo couldn't continue their good momentum of winning the derby vs River and lost at home vs Tigre, and we have our weekly violent episode in San Martin - Racing when the home fans suspended the match angry because their team was losing 0-3 and they will most likely get relegated at the end of the season.


Round 5 results:

Belgrano 1 - Vélez 0
Independiente 0 - Godoy Cruz 1
Unión 1 - All Boys 1
Estudiantes 2 - Newell's 4
San Martín de San Juan 0 - Racing Club 3 (SUSP at 85 min)
San Lorenzo 0 - Tigre 1
River Plate 2 - Colón 1
Atlético de Rafaela 1 - Boca Juniors 1
Lanús 2 - Arsenal 1
Argentinos Juniors 1 - Quilmes 3

All the goals:



Round 6 starts next Friday and will be the last one before the world cup qualifiers break (Argentina plays vs Venezuela and at Bolivia).
Summer is coming to an end, temperatures are going down, so we'll start having earlier kick off matches (we had a 5pm limit since December) as you can see on Saturday and Sunday.
Some very important games in this round: a HUGE relegation match between Independiente and Quilmes, the leader Lanus visits Godoy Cruz (both are undefeated) and River goes to Rosario to visit Newells.

Friday March 15
19.00-- Tigre-Unión

Saturday March 16
16.00-- Colón de Santa Fe-San Lorenzo
20.15-- Quilmes A.C.-Independiente

Sunday March 17
14.00-- Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba-Lanús
16.10-- Newell's Old Boys-River Plate
18.10-- Racing Club-Belgrano de Córdoba
18.10-- Vélez Sarsfield-Estudiantes de La Plata
20.15-- Boca Juniors-Argentinos Juniors

Monday March 18
19.00-- Arsenal F.C.-San Martín de San Juan
21.15-- All Boys-Atlético de Rafaela

Standings:




Averages Table: