Clausura ’09: Round 2 fixtures

The second round of Apertura fixtures is upon us already. Apologies that this post didn’t go out as usual at midday GMT, but my internet providers have been having server issues and although I thought I was online when I pressed the button to schedule this post last night, I’d evidently lost my connection. This weekend (and for the next four weekends) the coverage on HEGS will be disrupted by the fact that on Saturday I’m getting up ridiculously early (thanks to Air Canada for re-timing my flights) to fly to Mexico. As ever the site will be updated whilst I’m away, it’ll just be running a reduced service. Anyone who’s tried to get a train in the UK over the last week or two will know what that means…

All kick off times are local – add two hours for Greenwich Mean Time.

Primera División A Torneo Clausura 2009, second round:
Racing Club vs Huracán (Fri, 19:00)
Colón de Santa Fe vs Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy (Fri, 21:15)
Boca Juniors vs Newell’s Old Boys (Sat, 17:10)
Vélez Sársfield vs Argentinos Juniors (Sat, 17:10)
Banfield vs Estudiantes de La Plata (Sat, 19:20)
Arsenal Fútbol Club vs Tigre (Sat, 21:30)
Rosario Central vs River Plate (Sun, 17:10)
Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata vs Lanús (Sun, 17:10)
San Lorenzo de Almagro vs Godoy Cruz (Sun, 19:30)
San Martín de Tucumán vs Independiente (Sun, 19:30)

Although I doubt I’ll be writing any of the matches up over the weekend, the full scores from the round will, as ever, be online on Monday.

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6 thoughts on “Clausura ’09: Round 2 fixtures

  1. I don’t know what to say. By the sounds of it, Llop doesn’t either. I was expecting an easy win after the first ten minutes, but yet again in blew up in our faces.

    An authentic ‘golazo’, then an obvious foul on Peppino for Huracán to go 2-1 up, but then, of course, fouls on Racing players are allowed under AFA rules.

    The worrying thing is that the game was still there to be won after these setbacks – Huracan are a ‘powder-puff’ team who will lose more than they win – but Racing’s players just seemed to give up, apart from the excellent Luguercio. And now Shaffer is injured again? I’m really not looking forward to next week.

    Seba, what do you think of the new players? Finally, I’m happy with the occupant of the number 9 shirt. Ramirez is excellent IMO, and I’m surprised Colon have let him go…indeed, have Racing paid money for him? I didn’t think the club had any?

    As for Castroman, are Boca paying us to take him away? He was a great player back in the day, but apart from one nice pass to Ramirez, he was terrible. Was he injured, unfit or what? People might say he needs a run in the side to get back to fitness, but I wouldn’t trust him with playing time in this team, in his condition.

    Another week, more shredded nerves… damn the Colon-Jujuy game, really wanted a draw, Oyola scored a terrific free kick to win it. Jujuy were unlucky, they play really well without reward most of the time.

    Now, let’s hope River get some nice decisions again on Sunday, along with San Lorenzo and er… well, part of me wants Independiente to get beaten, to knock their confidence, but I’d only regret it if San Martin go on a run…

    I think all Racing fans are gonna need counselling every week. Can Llop survive this?

  2. Does anyone think I’m mad putting £20 on Newell’s to win tonight?
    11/2 odds, I get £110 if I win. I was just very impressed with them against Gimnasia, and Boca’s luck is bound to run out some time…

  3. Well, you saw that one coming Matthew ! Kudos ! Boca stunk today. They were half lucky to eke out a victory last week and a deserved loser today. No Battaglia and no Vargas spells big trouble in the back, and the offense is still sputtering. At least Palermo and Palacio got on the pitch, so maybe a sign of better things to come for Bosteros.

  4. At least you’re winning at the bookies, mate! Well done.

    Central leading River 1-0 after 10 minutes of the second half.

    Just great! Racing back in la promoción and all of the teams battling it out with us got great wins…

    Banfield beat Estudiantes.
    Colon won a crucial battle with Gimnasia Jujuy.
    Newell’s goes without saying.
    Now Central…

    Gimnasia at the moment are 2-2 with Lanús, while San Martín de Tucumán will play later today, and so will Godoy Cruz.

    Nothing goes our way (especially our own ineptitude).

    Our new players?

    Castroman: simply not ready to go. Why pick him ahead of Gonzalez? I don’t know!

    Ramirez: I like him, but I’ve got a feeling he is the 20-goals-a-season striker that comes to Racing and draws a blank. I hope I’m wrong, but it wouldn’t be the first time I see something like that happening…

  5. There you go! I write the previous message and River scores twice in a few minutes.

    But…at as write this message, Gimnasia goes ahead against Lanus (3-2 with 12 to go).

    We’re out of promoción, but Gimnasia is getting closer to us and Rosario Central.

    By the way…was Fabbiani born under a lucky star? River fans are loving every one of his surplus kilograms!

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