That headline could have gone atop an article on Tuesday night’s European Cup semi-final first leg, but it doesn’t. In Primera B, also on Tuesday, there was a vital clash. Córdoba played host to the city clásico between Belgrano and Talleres, two sides with wildly differing fortunes at present, and it wasn’t a pretty one.
There was, in the words of that popular Argentine euphemism for a dire match, ‘more passion that football’ on display at Talleres’ Barrio Jardín stadium, and most of that passion was in the stands rather than out on the pitch. Juan Carlos Olave, keeping goal for Belgrano in his third spell with the club, was involved in a bit of a to-do after an object thrown which appeared to strike him in the chest led to a ‘delayed reaction’ fall, with the ‘keeper clutching his face.
The hosts were more in need of three points – Talleres are currently in the direct relegation places, and a win would’ve taken the level in the Promedio with Almagro. Belgrano, for their part, are chasing promotion. They’re two points off the direct promotion places at present (two behind Atlético Tucumán that is, with Chacarita Juniors sadly all but confirmed as up, seven clear of Belgrano). Neither side, frankly, played like it mattered much on Tuesday though. Talleres were the better side in the first half, and in the second both sides pretty much cancelled each other out, with Belgrano having a couple of good chances but failing to take advantage.
If you’d like to see the 2008-2009 Primera B league table, have a look at it here on the AFA website (you’ll need to click ‘Posiciones’). Relegation averages more your thing? Click on ‘Promedio’ at the top of that table.