Clausura 2011: Independiente win at the 14th attempt (video)

Independiente (in blue) finally win in the league

Independiente hadn’t won a match in thirteen league games before Monday evening, but finally managed it at the fourteenth time of asking after flying into a 3-0 half time lead at home to Newell’s Old Boys, adding a fourth in the second half to lift spirits considerably at the Estadio Libertadores de América. It was a night for clubs who’d been struggling for form, as Huracán and Quilmes met in the other match. Both teams are bad, but Huracán proved slightly less bad, getting a 2-1 win that was a little more nerve-jangling than it needed to be. All the goals are here, along with all the scores and scorers from the round just gone.

Primera División Torneo Clausura 2011, fifth round
Club Olimpo (E. Maggiolo 60) 1 – 0 All Boys (E. Domínguez OFF 90+1)
Tigre (D. Morales 55) 1 – 2 Banfield (C. García 23; M. Bustamante OFF 70; F. Ferreyra 90)
Lanús 0 – 0 Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata
San Lorenzo de Almagro (A. Torres 78) 1 – 0 Boca Juniors
Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors (S. Salcedo 77) 1 – 0 Arsenal Fútbol Club
Club Estudiantes de La Plata 0 – 1 Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba (I. Damonte 61)
Colón 0 – 4 Racing Club (P. Lugüercio 15; T. Gutiérrez 41, 71; G. Hauche 84)
River Plate (M. Pavone 48) 1 – 2 Vélez Sarsfield (S. Silva 34, 84)
Huracán (R. Zárate 39; J. Cámpora 67) 2 – 1 Quilmes (M. Cauteruccio 79)
Independiente (N. Cabrera 3, 11; N. Silvera 24; J. Castillo 79) 4 – 0 Newell’s Old Boys

Huracán 2 – 1 Quilmes

Independiente 4 – 0 Newell’s Old Boys

EDIT: The original headline and first paragraph stated Independiente had had a run of fourteen games without a win. In fact it was ‘only’ thirteen. Thanks to Seba over at Mundo Albiceleste for pointing this out to me.

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6 thoughts on “Clausura 2011: Independiente win at the 14th attempt (video)

  1. My question is on coaches, Do you think Bielsa would be allowed to coach Argentina again if the opportunity came up, What’s happened to Sabella, is there rumours he could be coaching again for a club. Is Russo a coaching genius or is it the players, I know he won Libertadores with Boca, but he had great players in that team, Riquelme, palacio, banega, ledesma. Racing have a lot of energetic gifted young players.

    1. Hi Pronx,

      First up, if you always use the same username and email address when you post comments, you won’t have to wait for me to approve them before they show up online. Just thought I’d mention that.

      As for your questions…

      Re: Bielsa, how would the opportunity arise without him being allowed to coach the country again? By definition that’s a ‘yes’, but as for whether the AFA would consider it… I’m not sure. I agree he’d be an excellent choice, although for Argentina, Pekerman would be better. But for now there’s no reason to think Sergio Batista’s job is in danger, really.

      Sabella has gone somewhat underground, but there are rumours which have continued ever since he left Estudiantes that should J.J. López come under pressure, Sabella could become the next River Plate manager. Those will probably continue until such time as López loses/leaves his job and Sabella does or does not become the replacement.

      And as for Miguel Angel Russo, he’s a good manager, plain and simple. He hasn’t always chosen the right clubs at the right times, for my money, but he’s plainly a good motivator and as you note, he’s especially good working with a young, talented squad (something that might seem obvious but can’t be said for all managers!). Whether he’s a genius I’m not sure, but he’s certainly a talented manager.

    1. Looks like it was, i saw the rumour on Taringa and some other forums but thought it was just monkey spit by pranking akd hinchas in the midst of cargadas – as I couldn’t find any news clippings about it, only this 26noticias.com.ar/independiente-vende-entradas-a-5-pesos-para-llenar-la-cancha-128383 .html

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