Thoughts from the weekend: River vs Independiente

I'm going to start a series today based on my thoughts about the match (or one of the matches) I attended over the weekend in the Argentine Primera División. The weekend just gone, that was Sunday's clásico between River Plate and Independiente. The home side need as many points on the board as early as... Continue Reading →

Torneo Apertura 2009: Round 8 fixtures

With Saturday featuring Argentina's must-win World Cup qualifier at home to Peru, the AFA have brought forward most of the eighth round of the 2009 Torneo Apertura, rather than opt for a two-week gap between matches. River Plate confirmed on Tuesday that former defensive lynchpin and title-winning boss Leonardo Astrada is their new manager, and... Continue Reading →

Starting with a draw

Diego Simeone's first match in charge of River Plate saw a virtually entire second-string side draw 1-1 with Pedro Troglio's Independiente in Mar del Plata, after leading through a Matías Abelaires penalty at the interval. Gastón Machín got the equaliser near the end of the match. River started with a side full of youth players,... Continue Reading →

Two down

The thrillingly close title race lost two possible contenders on Sunday, as River Plate and Independiente appeared to rule themselves out, managing only a draw at the Monumental, a result which serves neither of them especially well for dreams of title-chasing. It was an entertaining match, with chances galore at both ends, but lack of... Continue Reading →

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