Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Final 2014 - Four



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Sorry once again for the lack of updates, it's been a very busy first two weeks of competition where there were already 4 rounds played, many Copa Libertadores matches and the usual crazy results we always have in this league.

The title of this post is because after 4 rounds (almost 1/4 of the tournament) we have 4 leaders with 9 points: two "predictable" ones in the defending champion San Lorenzo and Estudiantes, and two unexpected ones in Godoy Cruz and Colon, whose main goal is to avoid relegation but after losing the first game they've both managed to build a 3 games winning streak that took them to the top of the standings.

Colon and Godoy Cruz have one more thing in common: in this streak they've both won vs River, one of the early candidates that can't find their best form...like Racing, who started with a 3-0 solid win vs Colon and after that lost 3 in a row vs San Lorenzo, Tigre and Arsenal for one of their classic crisis.

Boca won last Saturday their first game since early November (including the summer friendlies!). It was a 1-0 vs the until then undefeated Estudiantes where they didn't show anything special but had Juan Roman Riquelme back for 10 minutes after 3 months recovering of an injury.

It also took Lanus 4 rounds to get the first win, and it was against a Velez that was red-hot until then, in a 3-2 thriller that was probably the best game we had so far in Final 2014.

With the best teams playing also Copa Libertadores and a super tight schedule due to the upcoming World Cup, the league is probably even more open than usual.
15 rounds left where the question might not be who plays better, but who is luckier not to suffer any injuries, and can endure playing so many games in such a short period of time.

Round 5 starts next Friday and it has a few games worth watching: the River - San Lorenzo derby, Velez hosting Boca, and Estudiantes - Newell's.
River might have their stadium suspended and the derby could be played behind closed doors because in the last minute of the 1-2 defeat vs Godoy Cruz last week a fan threw a piece of wood (!!!!!) to one of the visitors' players, but the sentence will be decided on Wednesday.

In case you can't believe it, watch the "wood throw" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNoyI0LBNdU

All Round 4 goals:



Round 5 Schedule:

Friday February 28
18.15-- Godoy Cruz-Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata
20.30-- Racing Club-All Boys

Saturday March 1
17.00-- Argentinos Juniors-Arsenal F.C.
18.00-- Vélez Sarsfield-Boca Juniors
18.15-- Atlético de Rafaela-Belgrano de Córdoba
20.30-- Rosario Central-Colón de Santa Fe

Sunday March 2
17.00-- Quilmes A.C.-Tigre
17.00-- Olimpo de Bahía Blanca-Lanús
18.15-- River Plate-San Lorenzo
21.30-- Estudiantes de La Plata-Newell's Old Boys


Standings:

 

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Final 2014 kicks off today !!!



It's here, the useless summer friendlies are over and we'll finally have some "real" football in Argentina !!!
Very busy schedule and maybe some crazy tournament ahead because thanks to the World Cup everything has to be completed by mid May what means that we'll have a few more midweek rounds than usual and the teams playing also Copa Libertadores (San Lorenzo, Lanus, Newell's, Velez and Arsenal) will have to find a way to split the effort between both tournaments.

The league kicks off today with 3 matches, including the defending champion San Lorenzo visiting relegation candidate Olimpo.

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Round 1 schedule (kick off times in GMT-3):

Friday February 7
17.00-- Estudiantes de La Plata-Arsenal F.C.
19.15-- Vélez Sarsfield-Tigre
21.30-- Olimpo de Bahía Blanca-San Lorenzo

Saturday February 8
18.30-- Argentinos Juniors-Godoy Cruz
19.30-- Atlético de Rafaela-All Boys
21.30-- Racing Club-Colón de Santa Fe

Sunday February 9
17.00-- Quilmes A.C.-Rosario Central
18.15-- Newell's Old Boys-Boca Juniors
21.30-- River Plate-Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata

Monday February 10
21.15-- Belgrano de Córdoba-Lanús