Round five of the 2012 Torneo Clausura is already underway – once again I’m a couple of hours late with this post. Newell’s Old Boys have just beaten Colón 3-0 in Santa Fe. Later in the weekend, champions Boca Juniors have a chance to get back on track after losing an eleven-month unbeaten streak on Wednesday night to Fluminense in the Copa Libertadores. They play Independiente, whilst co-table-toppers Tigre are away to Banfield. If results go Tigre’s way this weekend they could climb out of the automatic relegation spots, and go level on points with San Lorenzo (who began the season with a seventeen point advantage over their rivals). Racing host All Boys, Vélez are at home to Olimpo on Monday, and later tonight Lanús visit Estudiantes. All the kick off times – and the goals from Boca’s and Godoy Cruz’s Libertadores matches on Wednesday and Thursday nights, including extended highlights of Godoy’s 4-4 draw with Atlético Nacional – are right here in glorious HD.
All kick off times are local. Add three hours for Greenwich Mean Time.
Torneo Clausura 2012, fifth round
Club Atlético Colón v Club Atlético Newell’s Old Boys (Fri, 17:00; refereed by M. Vigliano)
Club Estudiantes de La Plata v Club Atlético Lanús (Fri, 21:30; G. Delfino)
Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors v Club Atlético San Martín de San Juan (Sat, 17:00; P. Díaz)
Racing Club v Club Atlético All Boys (Sat, 19:10; P. Loustau)
Club Atlético Belgrano v Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro (Sat, 21:30; C. Maglio)
Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba v Arsenal Fútbol Club (Sun, 17:00; D. Abal)
Club Atlético Banfield v Club Atlético Tigre (Sun, 17:00; P. Lunati)
Asociación Atlética Mutual Social y Deportiva Atlético de Rafaela v Club Atlético Unión (Sun, 19:10; S. Pezzotta)
Club Atlético Boca Juniors v Club Atlético Independiente (Sun, 19:10; S. Laverni)
Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield v Club Olimpo (Mon, 21:15; S. Trucco)
Midweek Copa Libertadores goals
Boca Juniors 1 – 2 Fluminense (BRA)
Boca were 36 competitive matches unbeaten prior to this game (thirty-three in the league, two in the Copa Argentina and one in the Copa Libertadores), but Flu showed great organisation and a touch of good fortune to end that run, even in the stadium many Brazilian football fans and commentators hold in fearful reverence.
Godoy Cruz 4 – 4 Atlético Nacional (COL)
The kind of game that leads one to wonder why the dull and incredibly predictable group stages of the Copa Libertadores can’t just be done away with. So needless to say this highlights video is 14 minutes long.
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The Godoy Cruz match was even exciting scrolling down the overnight tweets when I woke up this morning…