A quick news update this one: It was confirmed on Thursday that the Argentine national team will play two friendlies in Buenos Aires prior to leaving for the World Cup. The original plan was to play the matches in Europe (fans there have more money, you see), but the players apparently requested that they play in front of a home crowd instead, and surprisingly the AFA have let them have their way. On the 25th May – the bicentenary of the May Revolution which led months later to Argentine independence – they’ll play Canada in the Estadio Monumental, and on the 29th they’ll play Israel in a stadium yet to be confirmed (but also in the capital). Argentina’s selección local (home-based players) will also play friendlies away to Puerto Rico (26th January) and at home in Mar Del Plata against Jamaica (10th February).
In other news, after a dull 0-0 between Racing and Independiente in the Salta triangular, Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo drew 3-3 on Wednesday in Mar Del Plata. You can watch the goals – including an incredible one from San Lorenzo’s Fabián Bordagaray – right here.
San Lorenzo (C. González 11; F. Bordagaray 12; J. Bottinelli 70; N. Bertocchi OFF 83) 3 – 3 Boca Juniors (N. Colazo; L. Viatri 49; M. Palermo 90+3, OFF 90+4)
Boca now play Estudiantes – who drew the first match in this triangular 2-2 with San Lorenzo – to decide the winner of the round robin (although a 0-0 draw, I reckon, would see San Lorenzo take it on goals scored).
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