All the goals from the tenth weekend of Primera action

Tuesday evening finally brought an end to the ‘weekend’ of Primera action in Argentina, with Newell’s Old Boys’ 2-0 win over Godoy Cruz closing a round which had seen River Plate and Boca Juniors go clear as joint-leaders of the table ahead of the superclásico at La Bombonera in just under two weeks. All the goals are in this video.

Following a 1-0 win over Crucero del Norte, Belgrano join previous leaders Rosario Central on 22 points, and both sides are two behind River and Boca. San Lorenzo complete the top five with 21 points. At the bottom, Olimpo, Atlético de Rafaela and Nueva Chicago are all still without a win (Chicago aren’t in the above video as their match at home to Racing ended goalless; so did Independiente v Argentinos Juniors).

Two managers are out of a job after this round of matches. Martín Palermo was sacked by Arsenal de Sarandí, and Darío Franco stood down at Defensa y Justicia. The sides currently propping up the relegation table are Chicago and Crucero del Norte, with Huracán hovering just above them.

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River Plate and Boca Juniors go into league superclásico joint-top of the table

The weekend just gone has been a good one for River Plate and Boca Juniors (although the current round of matches doesn’t actually end until Tuesday night due to elections in Santa Fe Province). San Lorenzo and Rosario Central, with whom River and Boca were tied on 21 points at the start of the weekend, both dropped points, and on Sunday River thrashed Banfield 4-1 and Boca got a deserved 3-1 win away to Lanús, meaning that when the league reconvenes in two weeks’ time (this weekend there are more primary elections in the rest of the country), the two great rivals will go into their clash at La Bombonera level on 24 points at the top.

Aplogies for the less than brilliant quality of the videos. Fútbol Para Todos puts them up in better quality, but infuriatingly doesn’t upload one video featuring all the goals from a given match  – and who’s going to watch nine different embedded videos one by one?

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River Plate will play Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores last 16

Thursday evening brought the conclusion of Group 5 and a key match in Group 2 of the 2015 Copa Libertadores, and with the results of those games, one of the last 16 ties is now known. The Libertadores knockout stages are seeded, with the best group winner playing the worst runner-up, second best winner playing second worst runner-up, and so on. Boca Juniors’ 2-0 win over Chilean side Palestino, and Corinthians’ later 0-0 draw at home to reigning champions San Lorenzo, means Boca can’t be caught as the best winners – and therefore will play the worst runners-up, guaranteed to be Boca’s bitter rivals River Plate, who qualified by the skin of their teeth on Wednesday night. The first leg will be in River’s Estadio Monumental during the first week of May, with the return at La Bombonera the following week. Just days before the first leg, on Sunday the 3rd May, the two sides will meet in the league, so we’re in for quite a high-octane week and a half in Buenos Aires.

Highlights of River’s 3-0 win over San José on Wednesday, which combined with Tigres’ 5-4 win away to Juan Aurich sent River through. For a bit of context, River needed to win and hope Juan Aurch didn’t; Tigres, already guaranteed top spot and with a clásico of their own coming up this weekend, sent a reserve side…

The other Argentine sides have all either already qualified, or still have a chance of doing so. Racing have topped Group 8, which has already finished; San Lorenzo in Group 2 have to beat Uruguay’s Danubio at home next week, and hope Corinthians get at least a draw, and preferably a win, away to local rivals São Paulo (if the game in Brazil ends in a draw, San Lorenzo have to beat Danubio by four or more, though a three-goal margin would be enough as long as they scored enough in the process and the draw in Brazil isn’t too high-scoring). In Group 3, Huracán are currently in third, and are away to bottom-placed Mineros on the last day. If they win that game they’ll definitely qualify, because the two teams above them play one another – a win for Huracán would carry them above at least one of Universitario de Sucre and Cruzeiro, who can’t both pick up three points. Estudiantes, who’ve just replaced Mauricio Pellegrino with Gabriel Milito in the manager’s seat, are in a similar situation; beat Barcelona de Guayaquil in Ecuador, and they’ll definitely finish above at least one of Atlético Nacional and Libertad, who face off in Medellín and both have one point more than Estudiantes at present. The concluding match all take place next week.

Goals from Boca’s 2-0 win over Palestino on Thursday evening

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Copa Libertadores 2015: how likely is a River v Boca last 16 tie?

On Wednesday evening, River Plate qualified for the last sixteen of the Copa Libertadores in nail-biting fashion, beating San José of Bolivia 3-0 but needing Mexican side Tigres to get a result with their reserves away to Juan Aurich in Peru. Tigres won 5-4, meaning River scraped second place in Group 7. What that means is that we now have a very real chance of a superclásico River v Boca double-header in the last sixteen. The Libertadores knockout stage is seeded; the best group winner plays the worst runner-up, the second-best winner plays the second-worst runner up, and so on – and as the standings currently have it, that would pit Boca (who lead the group winner standings) against River. But with some groups finished, some having one game to go, and a few teams having two group games still to go, it’s not a sure thing yet. So, what needs to happen?

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All the goals from the ninth round of 2015 Primera action

Here are all the goals from the ‘weekend’ just finished, during which Boca Juniors were held to a 0-0 draw by San Martín, and River Plate, San Lorenzo and Rosario Central all managed wins (in Central’s case a very, very, very late one), meaning that those four sides – Boca, River, San Lorenzo and Central – are now level on 21 points at the top of the table. Aside from Boca v San Martín, the only other goalless draw was Olimpo v Defensa y Justicia, and you’ll get the other results from watching this video, of course. I can assure you that you really don’t want to watch Olimpo v Defensa y Justicia. There are far better things to do with your time.

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Episode 179: Video refereeing controversy, Boca go top and Banfield join the race


Hand Of Pod 179 is online! Get it while it’s hot…

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The hundred and seventy-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discuss referee Germán Delfino’s decision to rescind a penalty and red card seemingly on television evidence during Vélez Sarsfield’s 2-1 win over Arsenal de Sarandí on Saturday – what happened, and how have the Argentine media tried in places to twist the story? Other topics on this episode are River Plate’s weekend clásico win, 1-0 over San Lorenzo, and Boca Juniors’ 2-0 victory away to Huracán which took Boca top of the nascent league table. We also find time for a six-goal thriller between Defensa y Justicia and Rosario Central, the end of Unión de Santa Fe’s unbeaten record, and much more besides. This week’s history section is devoted to Omar Sívori, the great former River and Juventus striker who made his debut 61 years ago last Saturday. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine…

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A little bit of history: Omar Sívori

Last Saturday was the anniversary of an historic debut in Argentina; on the 4th April 1954, Omar Sívori made his first appearance, at the age of 18, for River Plate against Lanús. Replacing River’s all-time highest goalscorer, Ángel Labruna, Sívori scored River’s fifth goal in a 5-2 win – at least, that’s the way most potted biographies put it. FIFA didn’t allow substitutions until 1958, and competing claims say that Sívori started the match. What’s better recorded is that eight rounds later, in La Bombonera, River beat Boca Juniors 1-0 and the performances of Sívori and fellow youngster Norberto Menéndez enchanted the press.

Sívori played a vital part in River’s three consecutive championships between 1955 and 1957 (though he wouldn’t be there long enough to be awarded a medal for the 1957 title), before moving to Juventus for ten million pesos – at a time when the Argentine peso was actually worth something. The fee – equivalent then to £91,000, which sounds like nothing today but in 1957 made him the most expensive footballer ever – was sufficient to allow River to finish the construction of the Estadio Monumental, and the stand that was built with the money still carries Sívori’s name to this day.

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Primera 2015: all the goals from round 8

Here’s Fútbol Para Todos’ video of all the goals from the eighth round of action in Argentina, which concluded last night with Newell’s Old Boys’ 2-0 win over Unión. Which do you like best?

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Person of the weekend: referee Germán Delfino – a pioneer of video technology?

The new 30-team Primera División is now eight weeks old in Argentina and, if nothing else, it’s proving so far that if you increase by 50% the number of top flight matches each weekend, you’re going to get a bump in the amount of controversy, as well. On Saturday we saw perhaps the strangest such event yet – and certainly the most potentially pioneering, as Germán Delfino, refereeing Vélez Sarsfield v Arsenal de Sarandí, appeared to change his mind over a penalty decision based on a TV replay seen by the fourth official. Continue reading

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Teo Gutiérrez: South American Footballer of The Year 2014

As I mentioned in the previous post on HEGS, which was two Best XIs from last year in Argentine football, River Plate did quite well in the nominations for the 2014 South American Footballer of The Year, which was announced as usual on the 31st December. Leonardo Pisculichi finished third in the voting, Carlos Sánchez came second, and Teo Gutiérrez won the award. I’ve written a piece for ESPNFC about the vote, which you can read here.

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