On Friday Néstor Gorosito announced that win, lose or draw against San Lorenzo today, he’d be stepping down as manager of River Plate. Fitting that he should do so against the man he replaced in the Núñez hot seat, in a way. Simeone seems to have rediscovered his touch after leaving River – San Lorenzo’s win only lifts them to seventh, but they’re a mere three points behind leaders Estudiantes. Will Gorosito find his next job more fruitful? And who’ll replace him at El Monumental?
River were leading late on through a Diego Buonanotte penalty in the first half which looked for a long time like it was going to be Gorosito’s key to going out, at least, with a win. It would have been the first away win River had managed in fifteen attempts – a club record already – but the run is now sixteen after San Lorenzo’s late comeback. Gustavo Cabral committed a stupid foul on Jonathan Bottinelli and Leandro Romagnoli converted the penalty with seven minutes left. Just minutes later, Bernardo Romeo headed in a second for San Lorenzo, and what has, of late, been perhaps Argentina’s most ill-tempered clásico finished 2-1 to Simeone’s men.
Racing boss Ricardo Caruso Lombardi also announced on Sunday that, ‘[the match with] Boca is my limit’ so it looks like he’ll leave the Avellaneda outfit this week. He’s also admitted that for the first time since he started in football, he’s not enjoying himself, and said; ‘If they call me in an emergency again, I’ll think longer and harder before accepting.’