The third round of the 2011 Torneo Clausura features two ‘Big Five’ clásicos, whilst the left over grande, Boca Juniors, will be taking on All Boys in La Bombonera without Juan Román Riquelme, dropped from the squad for the weekend by manager Julio César Falcioni. Estudiantes vs Banfield also looks tasty, and will be Estudiantes’ first home match in the league in the newly-opened Estadio Único de La Plata. All the kick off times and the referees for the weekend’s games are right here.
All kick off times are local. Argentina is three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time, and two ahead of North America’s Eastern Standard Time.
Primera División Torneo Clausura 2011, third round
Club Olimpo vs Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba (Fri, 19:10; refereed by J. Baliño)
Colón vs Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (Fri, 19:10; J.P. Pompei)
Lanús vs Quilmes Atlético Club (Sat, 17:00; N. Pitana)
San Lorenzo de Almagro vs Racing Club (Sat, 19:10; D. Abal)
Boca Juniors vs All Boys (Sat, 21:15; S. Pezzotta)
Club Estudiantes de La Plata vs Banfield (Sun, 17:00; P. Lunati)
Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors vs Vélez Sarsfield (Sun, 18:00; P. Loustau)
Independiente vs River Plate (Sun, 20:10; S. Laverni)
Huracán vs Arsenal Fútbol Club (Mon, 19:10; M. González)
Tigre vs Newell’s Old Boys (Mon, 21:15; L. Alvarez)
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Falcioni sticks his neck out and takes a big gamble (unless he has management support-hard to know) with his decision to exile Roman for the moment. This Bostero approves. Clearly Falcioni is not interested in dealing with Roman’s chronic manipulative horse**** and the negative effect it has on the rest of the squad. My hope is that he has management backing and they are trying to get Roman healthy so they can move him.
Off to Racing to hook up again with Russo and replace Moreno ?