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Weekend Sport Roundup: Boca Juniors Celebrations On Hold

By | [email protected] | October 20, 2015 6:30pm

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Your weekend sporting roundup returns this week after a brief hiatus because of Argentina being temporarily shit at football, so here I am to bring a bit of light relief during this tense week leading up to the elections. Really: it’s clearly making people do weird things. (Seriously, wtf is with that?) Without further ado:

  • In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days: ARGENTINA IS IN THE RUGBY WORLD CUP SEMI-FINALS. The Pumas beat Ireland 43-20 and you can read all about that here. The semi-final is against Australia on Sunday at 1:00 PM. It’s quite a big deal.
  • Boca Juniors had the chance to win the league on Sunday night against Racing in Avellaneda, but alas, the team completely fucked it up, losing 3-1. A header from Racing winger Marcos Acuña gave the team the lead before Boca equalized with a header of its own from striker Jonathan Calleri after a lovely move from Boca. The defining moment of the game came just after the half-hour mark when Boca center back Daniel “Cata” Díaz was sent off for deliberate handball, and Racing was awarded a penalty, duly converted by striker Gustavo Bou. After half-time, things went from bad to worse for the Xeneize, as midfielder Cristian Erbes was stupidly sent off for a second yellow card and they were down to nine men. To rub further salt in the wounds, Racing added a third late on through goalkeeper Sebastián Saja, who strolled forward from his goal to take the second penalty of the night, and he just about managed to score.
Photo via La Nacion.

Photo via La Nacion.

  • Boca could have sealed the title in Avellaneda because San Lorenzo also lost this weekend, 2-1 to Olimpo in Bahía Blanca. Nicely taken goals from midfielder Hernán Encina and striker Walter Acuña gave the hosts a two-goal lead, and despite a goal from striker Mauro Matos, San Lorenzo couldn’t find an equalizer.
  • Overtaking San Lorenzo in second place was Rosario Central, who closed the gap on leaders Boca Juniors to five points with a 2-0 win over Argentinos Juniors. Both strikers got on the score sheet, Marco Ruben in the first half and Marcelo Larrondo in the second.
  • There’s no football this weekend because of elections (sigh), but a Boca win at home to Tigre the weekend after would see it secure the title, or if Central and San Lorenzo fail to win. If not, the title race will go down to the last day when Central hosts Boca.
  • Independiente won 4-0 on Friday night at already-relegated Crucero del Norte in front of only 3,000 fans, while River Plate’s struggles continued with a 1-1 draw against Aldosivi.
  • At the other end of the table, Nueva Chicago has carried on a remarkable run in form by winning its third game in a row beating Newell’s Old Boys 5-0, including four goals from Alejandro Gagliardi. Unfortunately for the team from Mataderos, Colón finally won a game, beating Arsenal de Sarandi 3-1 and ending a run of 480 minutes without scoring in the process. As a result, Colón is five points clear of Chicago with six points to play for, so Chicago needs maximum points to even stand a chance of pulling off a remarkable escape from relegation.
Photo via La Nacion.

Photo via La Nacion.

  • Argentina’s under-17 football team seemingly took inspiration from its senior counterparts, losing its first game in the under-17 World Cup 2-0 against Mexico. It plays Germany tomorrow night and Australia on Saturday in its remaining group games.
  • The 59-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or award for the best footballer of the year has been narrowed down to 23, and there are three Argentines who have made the cut: Sergio Agüero, Javier Mascherano and to the surprise of everyone, Lionel Messi. Two Argentine managers are on the 10-man shortlist for World Coach of the Year: Chilean head coach Jorge Sampaoli and Atlético Madrid’s Diego Simeone.
  • Talleres de Córdoba is on the brink of returning to the B National and 60,000 fans watched its game over the weekend. That would be impressive in the first division, let alone the third.
  • Finally for today, because there aren’t enough ridiculous stories in the news this week, check out the photos here of a group of Indonesians playing football with a ball that has been set on fire. No, I don’t know what the thought process behind this was either.
Photo via Infobae.

Photo via Infobae.