Copa Sudamericana semi-final first leg: Argentinos 1 – 1 Estudiantes

Which way are we going?
Which way are we going?

Estudiantes de La Plata were for the most part the better side away to Argentinos Juniors in the first leg of the all-Argentine Copa Sudamericana semi-final on Thursday night. At half time they led 1-0 thanks to an unlucky own goal from Argentinos ‘keeper Sebastián Torrico, but in the second half Juan Ignacio Mercier got an equaliser for the hosts to keep it tighter than tight going into the second leg next Thursday. Read on to watch the goals…

Torrico’s own goal came 26 minutes in, when Agustín Alayes’ header from a corner cannoned down off the crossbar and hit the diving goalkeeper in the back, bouncing into the net. It was cancelled out just a couple of minutes into the second half when Mercier had a simple header at the far post from an Argentinos free kick.

Leandro Desábato was also sent off for Estudiantes, setting up a finish to the match which saw Argentinos pushing for a winner, but it didn’t come as a fairly dull affair fizzled out following Juan Sabia’s red card for the home side to even up the numbers.

Copa Sudamericana 2008, semi-final second leg: Argentinos Juniors 1 – 1 Estudiantes de La Plata

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8 thoughts on “Copa Sudamericana semi-final first leg: Argentinos 1 – 1 Estudiantes

  1. Having said that the rat-catchers are the team of my heart, I must also admit that the honest part of my heart agrees with what my eyes tell it: Pavlovich’s shot was over the line, and the true result should have been 2-1 for the home side.

  2. Justin…it’s Mariano Closs, aka Marianitaaaaaa (for his tendency to change the words that end with an “o” and finish them with an “a”. For example: “Montenegraaaa”. Or even “GOL”. He says: “GAAAAL!”). Hahaha!

    Apart from that, he is probably one of the best in the business in terms of identifying every player at first sight and in terms of reading the game.

    I don’t like his personality, but over the years I’ve learned to enjoy his commentaries -barring the never-ending “aaaaa”-.

  3. Closs is my favorite commentator. Cheesy, I suppose, and over the top, but I eat it up. Can you imagine him doing an EPL match ? Rooneyaaaaaaa-GAAAAALLLLL !!

  4. Talking of commentators, whatever happened to Marcelo Araujo? He was the top commentator for TyC for years, then he suddenly disappeared and was replaced by Vignolo. Araujo always entertained me, especially when he used to slip into English (‘thank you’ and ‘shadddap!’) and if someone missed an easy chance he would go into mock crying, Abreu being a regular target.
    But I gather he’s not such a nice personality either, and is hated by many Argentines.
    Is the English speaking journalist Marcela Araujo his daughter?

    When I was in my teens, in between Screensport coverage I used to improve my Spanish by listening to Radio Nacional on shortwave, with Gustavo Vergara and Mario Trucco. I think Vergara is still commentating on radio?

  5. I can’t say much about the commentators myself, Matthew, but I’ve looked into Marcela Mora y Araujo a little bit myself and as far as I’m aware they’re not relation.

    She has read HEGS in the past though, so if she’s still doing so, perhaps she could let us know…

  6. Marcelo Araujo is doing some “work” for Canal 9 or some dodgy cable channels every now and then. You are right, Matt, he is a hated figure and not a good personality.

    I found him to be really annoying. What I hated was that he knew every nickname of every River or Boca player and then he didn’t even know the surnames of the players at other clubs. Talk about biased…

    I don’t like Vignolo either. For the sake of bringing excitement into his commentaries, he shouts when it’s a throw-in near midfield. And he also repeats the same sentence ad-eternum. For instance…Messi gets the ball near midfield and starts one of his classic runs and Vignolo would go: “la tiene Messi, la tiene Messi, la tiene Messi, la tiene Messi, la tiene Messi, la tiene Messi, la tiene Messi, la tiene Messiiiiiiiiiiii….”

    Annoying like no other commentary in the world.

    And then you have Bambino Pons who has a great voice but keeps on saying how you should take advantage of this and that situation and how you shouldn’t give the ball back to the other team when they played it out on purpose so one of your players could get treatment and how you should huff the ball instead of playing it on the ground and he criticizes whoever doesn’t do that. But to top it, he sings those ridiculous songs without even thinking what he’s doing.

    People somehow enjoy that. I keep on shaking my head in disbelief.

    As for Marcela Mora y Araujo. I don’t know anything about her other than the fact that she writes for The Guardian. That composed surname of hers is the name of a big consulting group here in Argentina. That company is in charge of running polls before the elections and stuff like that.

    There aren’t many Mora y Araujo around, so I would imagine there is a connection there…

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