World Cup 2010 qualifying: Argentina 1 – 3 Brazil

Saturday night saw the big South American clásico in Rosario as Argentina hosted Brazil in the qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup, and Diego Maradona's reign as manager will be marked forever by the result: Argentina lost a qualifier at home for only the second time in their history. The first was the 0-5 loss... Continue Reading →

International friendly: Russia 2 – 3 Argentina – the goals

Wednesday afternoon saw Russia take on Argentina in a clash of two of FIFA's top ten ranked national sides in a friendly in Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow. Diego Maradona's men, eager to recover some sort of dignity and continuity to their play after iffy recent performances and results, won against another side known for their neat... Continue Reading →

¡Boca Campeón!

In the end it was the most nail-biting of finishes, as Tigre tried and tried to break down Boca's resistance, but the most incredible of titles wasn't to be. Boca lost the match, 1-0, to a Leandro Lázzaro header midway through the second half - but with all three sides tied on three points in... Continue Reading →

Same old story

HEGS is back, but it feels, I must say, a bit like I hadn't really been away. When I left for Havana, Sergio Batista had named Lionel Messi in the squad for the Olympic Football Tournament, and Barcelona president Joan Laporta was making some decidedly 'we'll have to see about that'-type noises. The novel seems... Continue Reading →

La Boca cerrada

Copa Libertadores holders Boca Juniors crashed out of the tournament at the semi-final stage on Wednesday night after a thrilling second half in the Maracanã which saw them take the lead through Martín Palermo before hosts Fluminense hit back with a three-goal blitz in the closing half hour. Fluminense, who've never got this far in... Continue Reading →

First class

Estudiantes de La Plata had a tricky task this weekend to atone for their Copa Libertadores elimination at the hands of LDU Quito in midweek, but they've passed the test with flying colours. They hosted third-placed Boca Juniors in the Estadio Municipal de La Plata on Sunday afternoon and, inspired as ever by Juan Sebastián... Continue Reading →

Not the best preparation

Brazilian sides often show a lot of deference to Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores, but on Wednesday afternoon in La Bombonera, at 2-0 down Cruzeiro got one back with a stunning strike after 68 minutes to take the wind out of the hosts' sails and give the Brazilians a potentially crucial away goal to take back... Continue Reading →

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