Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Final 2013 - Round 16 - Newell's Champ...WAIT!!

Crazy weekend at Argentina with none of the teams that were in the top 5 being able to win !!

Lanus had just another very poor performance against Belgrano and could not get past the scoreless draw that at that point seemed useless for them, but was a great result for the visitors that qualified to Copa Sudamericana for the first time ever.
Belgrano joins Lanus and River as the other teams with a place confirmed in the international tournament, and it looks like Racing and San Lorenzo will qualify as well.

Later on Sunday it was River that surprised everyone losing against an Argentinos Jrs team that had no wins in 8 games and was trying to stop the free fall that was going to send them to 2nd division. The hosts played a perfect game, held River's attack and then won it with two late goals.

The dinner was served for Newell's.
With a win on Monday on their visit to All Boys (that was coming from 4 games without even scoring a goal) they were going to take a 6 points advantage over the other two teams...but guess what ? It didn't happen. Pretty much as Argentinos Jrs vs River the previous day, All Boys had a great performance, they were able to control the best team in the league defensively, and won 2-1.

Three rounds left, Newell's is still 3 points above Lanus and River but they will have to sweat a little more before they can celebrate.

At the bottom of the Averages table things are very tight as well.
Union confirmed their relegation a week ago but still had the pleasure of beating their all-time rival Colon in the derby to win their 1st home game in over a year (!!) and the other two relegation spots have 4 candidates: San Martin, Independiente, Argentinos Juniors and Quilmes, with the first two in the worse situation of them all.

Independiente couldn't have had a worse weekend. The 0-0 vs Estudiantes didn't look like a bad result but that was before Argentinos unexpected win and San Martin's 3-1at Tigre.
The Avellaneda team, one of the two (with Boca) that have never been relegated has almost no other choice but to get at least 7 of the remaining 9 points or for the first time ever they will know what it feels to play in a lower division.

Quilmes is the closest to avoid Nacional B with their 1-0 against Racing in a "strange" game because the loser team fans, that are Independiente's biggest rival, celebrated as well. Some say it was fixed, that Racing's barra brava threatened their players to lose, but I guess we'll never know.

Despite the World Cup 2014 Qualifiers (Argentina plays at home against Colombia on Friday and at Ecuador next Tuesday) the league won't stop and Round 17 will be played next weekend.
The game that stands out without any doubts is the derby between River and Independiente, and I don't have to tell you how important would be for both teams to win.
Also another derby in Racing - Boca and the leader Newell's hosts Union.

Saturday June 8
16.00-- Belgrano de Córdoba-San Martín de San Juan
18.10-- Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba-Tigre
18.10-- Arsenal F.C. - Quilmes A.C.
20.30-- Vélez Sarsfield-All Boys

Sunday June 9
14.15-- Racing Club-Boca Juniors
16.10-- Colón de Santa Fe-Atlético de Rafaela
18.15-- San Lorenzo-Argentinos Juniors
21.30-- River Plate-Independiente

Monday June 10
18.00-- Estudiantes de La Plata-Lanús
20.15-- Newell´s Old Boys-Unión

All the Round 16 goals:



Averages (relegations) Table:

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