Clausura ’09: Round 5 fixtures

For some reason, the fifth round of the Torneo Clausura begins on a Thursday, so here, 24 hours earlier than normal, is the weekend’s fixture list. Sunday’s clásico sees Independiente host Boca Juniors, whilst San Martín play a crucial relegation clash on Thursday in Mendoza. Racing will be hoping Tigre don’t get their claws back out after losing last weekend, and after the 5-1 spanking from San Lorenzo, River will want to get back on track against Arsenal in the Monumental.

All kick off times are local. Add two hours for Greenwich Mean Time, and three for the match highlighted in orange.

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

I’m returning home this weekend and will probably still be jetlagged on Sunday, but assuming I manage to stay awake long enough for them, check back for the results on Sunday evening.

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5 thoughts on “Clausura ’09: Round 5 fixtures

  1. Unfortunately, there was more violence on Thursday night as the Godoy Cruz barrabrava went at it with the police.

    The match was abandoned during the second half when the score was Godoy Cruz 1-1 San Martín de Tucumán.

    Mark your league standings with an asterisk next to both of these teams names. Who knows when the remainder will be played (if it is played)?

  2. Copa news. River and San Lorenzo both lost their away matches at Universidad de San Martín (Perú) and Libertad (Paraguay), respectively.

    Most worryingly for San Lorenzo, they lost goalkeeper Orión (probably for the rest of the season) with a serious knee injury.

    And I just had a party for my eyes after seeing and hearing Diego Maradona during a roughly 2-hour long interview in TyC Sports.

    He’s just in the best state I’ve ever seen from him.

    He got three shirts with his grandson’s name and the number 10. One from Independiente, one from Boca and the other one as a present from the hosts of the show of Argentina.

    He confessed that he played an international cup match (against Denmark in 1993 -in what was one of the tournaments that gave birth to the current Confederations Cup. Argentina played Denmark in Mar del Plata as Copa America holders facing the champions of Europe). Diego said: “I played that match without sleeping the night before. I keep saying to myself ‘what a player I would have been if I didn’t have problems with drugs'”.

    He said he’ll talk to Riquelme privately and he’ll tell him where he wants him and how he wants him. He said he needs Riquelme to be able to dribble past a rival and then link up with the forwards. He said this season he is not seeing Riquelme is being able to do it.

    Then he said he’ll give the number 10 shirt for the next World Cup to a player that can pass the ball, be a star, take the full weight of the team on his shoulders.

    Joking with the journalists at the studio he said that his daughter Gianinna told him her son will be a ballet dancer or something like that. Diego said: “I swear I’ll burn down every dance academy in the country! I’m serious” and he laughed.

    He also joked and said: “I’ll put a plaster boot in Benjamin’s right leg because I want him to be a lefty like his grandfather!”

    Back to football matters, Diego confessed how happy he is for having MASCHERANO and GAGO playing together in midfield and he didn’t rule out a possible 3-3-1-3 formation to face Venezuela on 28 March for the World Cup Qualifiers.

    Diego hinted that he could play with three forwards: MESSI on the right, AGUERO in the middle and TEVEZ on the left, but insisted he would never reveal his formation or lineup before communicating it to the players first.

  3. do Argentinians rate Cago?? I think hes over hyped and have never seen him play well against quality opposition. He plays alright in the spanish league against mickey mouse but in big games he hides. just my opinion but im right!!

  4. Thanks for the updates, Seba. I had my last proper dinner in Mexico (I’m heading to the airport to start my journey home in about 2 1/2 hours) in an Argentine bar last night and saw the highlights of both matches – the sound wasn’t switched on so I wondered what had happened to Orión. The videos from those matches will be going up in the next few minutes on HEGS.

    Murt, I think the best way of putting it is that when Boca sold Gago to Madrid, most of their fans weren’t too concerned because they knew Ever Banega was coming through in his place. Gago’s a decent passer but he was criticised at times whilst with Boca for wanting to play as a 10 when he was supposed to be a 5…

    And Seba, Maradona had better not burn down EVERY dance academy, I’ll need somewhere for salsa and tango lessons when I get to BA!

  5. Nice, Sam! Hope you had a cracking time in México, where the Hand of God was born!

    Hey…I just found this link with some of the most outrageous Argentine football shirts. They all have their history written there in Spanish. Unfortunately, it’s too much for me to translate everything.

    Just have a look. Some of those shirts need no explanations!

    Check out Ferro Carril Oeste’s Aston Villa model (as a homage to the club’s original colours). Lovely!

    Regarding Gago, well Murt, I think we’re on the opposite side of the road. I absolutely love him! I don’t care what the Madrid fans can say about him, I think he is class and as far as I’m concerned, he’s doing a superb job for Argentina. Have you seen the match against France? He was immense!

    I think he’s started to form a great partnership with Mascherano and I’m looking forward to seeing both of them commanding our midfield.

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