It’s been a busy couple of days in midweek for Argentine sides, both in the Copa Libertadores and in the Copa Argentina. Where to start? Let’s begin with the Libertadores. Arsenal de Sarandí won on Tuesday night, 1-0 away to Zamora in Venezuela, but were knocked out of the Copa on Wednesday, when Boca Juniors’ 2-0 win away to Fluminense meant the Xeneize confirmed their own place in the knockout stages. Also on Wednesday, Vélez Sarsfield got a 2-0 away win over Chivas to book their place in the knockout stage. In the Copa Argentina, Tigre and River Plate both went through to the quarter-finals on Wednesday night, with a 1-0 win over Argentinos Juniors and a 2-1 win over Quilmes, respectively. You can see the goals from all the above-mentioned matches right here. River and Boca were in action at the same time on Wednesday, incidentally (River’s match kicked off ten minutes after Boca’s). It’s the first time the two have played simultaneously (other than in a superclásico, obviously) since 2000 (and the first since 1991 that they’ve done so in different competitions).
Copa Libertadores 2012
Tuesday 10th April, Group 4: Zamora (VEN) 0 – 1 Arsenal de Sarandí
Wednesday 11th April, group 7: Chivas (MEX) 0 – 2 Vélez Sarsfield
With this win, Vélez sealed first place in group 7, with a match to spare. They have twelve points from five matches; Deportivo Quito of Ecuador have seven, Defensor Sporting of Uruguay (Vélez’s final opponents, in Liniers next week) six, and Chivas four.
Wednesday 11th April, group 4: Fluminense (BRA) 0 – 2 Boca Juniors
This result meant Boca Juniors assured their qualification with a match to play. Flu were already through. With a round of matches to go, group 4 has Flu on twelve points, Boca on ten, Arsenal on six and Zamora, Boca’s opponents in their last group game, with only the single point they earned in their goalless draw with Boca themselves in Venezuela.
Copa Argentina 2011-12, round of 16
Wednesday 11th April
Tigre 1 – 0 Argentinos Juniors
I apologise for a video with a ridiculous number of replays of the same penalty.
Quilmes 1 – 2 River Plate
In the quarter-finals, Tigre will play the winners of the round of sixteen match between Deportivo Merlo (Nacional B) and Sarmiento de Junín (Primera B Metropolitana, the third division). River will play either Barracas Central (B Metro) or San Lorenzo. Both of those matches are played next week.
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