Monday, June 17, 2013

Final 2013 - Round 18 - Making history...the bad way


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Newell's won and is only 1 point from celebrating their 6th championship, River suffered their biggest defeat since returning to Primera Division but it was a historic round for another completely different season: Independiente, one of the "Big 5" clubs of Argentina, 7 times Copa Libertadores winner and 2 times winner of the Intercontinental Cup (1973 vs Juventus, 1984 vs Liverpool) was relegated for the first time ever and will play next season in Nacional B, Argentina's 2nd tier.

Like River two years ago, a series of very bad decisions and a huge financial crisis led one of the biggest clubs of the continent to its saddest moment ever, and they will have to find their way back to the top flight through the very difficult Nacional B that will have 22 teams from next season.

The 0-1 defeat vs San Lorenzo of last Saturday was not of course the reason why they got relegated, but it was the final nail on the coffin, combined with Argentinos Jrs 1-0 win vs Colon and San Martin's 3-1 at home vs Estudiantes.

Two teams are already relegated, Union and Independiente, and the 3rd one will be decided in the last round when Argentinos Jrs visits the (almost) champion Newell's, San Martin visits a River that lost their last chance of fighting for the championship, and Atletico Rafaela plays at Velez.


The champion of Final 2013 will be Newell's. It might happen this Wednesday if Lanus can't beat Estudiantes when they complete the last 45 minutes of the game that was suspended at halftime 10 days ago, and that they are losing 0-2.
If they can complete an almost miraculous come back in that game, they would need to win at San Lorenzo, hope that Argentinos can win at Newell's...and that would give them the chance of playing a playoff game in neutral ground to win the championship !!!

Of course this combination of results is almost impossible, so it's very likely that Newell's will win their 6th league championship and first one since 2004 in less than 48 hrs.

Newell's (OK, or Lanus) will play a season final agains the Inicial 2012 winner, Velez, that will decide which one will play Copa Sudamericana with the other teams already qualified: Lanus, River, Belgrano, Racing and San Lorenzo.


All the Round 18 goals:

The last round (19) will be played in the next weekend, schedule still to be decided:

Newell's - Argentinos Jrs
River - San Martin de San Juan
San Lorenzo - Lanus
Velez - Atletico de Rafaela
Estudiantes - Belgrano
Tigre - Quilmes
Godoy Cruz - Boca
Arsenal - All Boys
Racing - Union
Colon - Independiente


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  1. MRC:
    Great job as usual, I always enjoy your synopses and the foreshadowing you provide every week. Let's hope Nuels wrap it up without kicking a ball on Wednesday, then go out and whup up on Talleres in Copa Argentina.

    I KNOW you think TaTa Martino is the best coach in the country, so i expect you to expoud on his greatness IF La Lepra win the league on Wednesday. 1.5 years ago,they were where Independiente was at the beginnig of this "semester."


  2. Best coach and best team in Argentina so they'll be a fair champion, no doubts about it.

    I'll write a few lines on Wednesday of course.