The first football of the new year is already underway in Argentina; on Saturday Banfield and Huracán played out a 0-0 draw in which the champions of Argentina had more chances but couldn’t put them away with Santiago Silva, whilst in the first of the AFA’s official triangular tournaments (there’s no round robin of the cinco grandes this summer) San Lorenzo and Estudiantes drew 2-2 in Mar Del Plata. Juan Manuel Díaz scored for Estudiantes in what might prove his final game for the club – he’s expected to move to River Plate during the week. You can watch the goals from that 2-2 draw right here.
Díaz got the ball rolling early on in Mardel, heading in from a corner after just three minutes, to give the fans who’d left the beaches hours earlier a taster of an entertaining night’s football. Alejandro Gómez equalised from long range with the aid of a slight deflection just two minutes later, but the second half saw two outstanding finishes – first from Estudiantes’ Juan Manuel Salgueiro, who smashed in a crisp shot from all of thirty yards at the end of a lovely team move, and then from San Lorenzo’s Fabián Bordagaray, who took advantage of some suicidal goalkeeping from Damián Albil to score an audacious lob with six minutes to go.
If you want to see the full list of summer fixtures I suggest you click this link, where you’ll be taken to the AFA’s own site. After the very brief lowdown on Saturday’s game you’ll see the lists. Since HEGS aims to keep things simple for those who can’t read Spanish (but, obviously, can read English), some words you’ll find useful are:
ganador = winner
perdedor = loser
en caso de empate = in case of a draw
Lunes, martes, miercoles, jueves, viernes, sábado, domingo = Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
And for our North American readers, dates are given in the format used by Argentina – which is to say the rest of the planet – dd-MM-yy.
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