It's only the Copa Sudamericana, but San Lorenzo seemed rather pleased at their 1-0 win over Tigre
on Tuesday night, which takes them to the second round on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw.
FabiÃ¡n Bordagaray was sent on as a substitute with nine minutes of the ninety remaining, and
scored the winner in [.
Tuesday night saw the last pre-season match for two of the Primera DivisiÃ³n's teams, but for once
perhaps we'd better not make fun of the Copa Sudamericana. It serves its purpose after all, and
this was a richly deserved first-ever continental tie for Tigre, albeit against domestic rivals.
They adapted to their new surroundings rapidly: [.
At long last, after a summer of transfer bore-stories and ridiculous friendly matches which are
only 70 or 80 minutes long, real league football returns to the Argentine Republic on Friday night.
Following the most closely-fought championship in short tournament history, the defending champions
are a familiar name, but that's no reason to assume it'll [.
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
By the end of today, Argentina will have a new champion. San Lorenzo are out of the running due to
the goal difference mathematics, so it's a straight race between Boca Juniors and Tigre. Boca have
won twenty-eight titles (amateur and professional), whilst Tigre have finished second, once - and
that was a year ago.
On the day the US Federal Reserve announced an astonishing rate cut, things at the other end of the
Americas also begin to look a bit less interesting. San Lorenzo met Tigre in the first match of the
title-deciding triangular, and it was the Cuervo who came out on top, meaning that if they beat
So it comes to this. The 2008 Torneo Apertura title will be decided by virtue of a three-way
'mini-league' (new Spanish word alert: that's 'liguilla')between San Lorenzo, Boca Juniors and
Tigre, who've all finished the normal season on 39 points. The fixtures were drawn up on Sunday
night at the AFA headquarters.
Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo and - who'd have thunk it? - Tigre will have to play a three-team playoff
to decide the 2008 Primera A Torneo Apertura title, after all three won their last matches of the
campaign on Sunday to finish on 39 points. Lanús, who beat San Martín de Tucumán,
are out of [...]
River Plate and Boca Juniors. Undisputably, the two biggest clubs in Argentine football. River, the
defending champions in the league. Boca, six times champions of South America, most recently just
last year. On Sunday, both were playing much smaller teams. River hadn't ever lost away to new
promoted San Martín, and returned to Tucumán 15 [.
When River Plate visited Tigre during the Clausura, the result was a 4-1 win for the hosts that
pushed Daniel Passarella a little bit closer to the exit door at River. Today was the rematch, and
the Millonarios showed just what a difference Diego Simeone is making at the club; they didn't play
particularly well [.
After last week's 2-0 loss in Santiago, Boca hosted the Chilean champions with at least one
psychological advantage - earlier in the week Colo Colo's Argentine manager, Claudio Borghi,
announced to general surprise that due to a falling out with the board, he'd be resigning his
charge of the first team after this match.
No fewer than four clÃ¡sicos this weekend, two between 'Big Five' clubs - Racing host San Lorenzo
and Independiente visit Boca - one sort-of derby, an all-Santa FÃ© Province clash between Central
and ColÃ³n, and a proper derby between two of the clubs from the zona Sur of Gran Buenos Aires,
with Banfield visiting champions [.
River PlateÂ were the only one of the 'Big Five' to win on the opening weekend of the Clausura,
with Racing and Boca both drawing and San Lorenzo and Independiente both crashing to defeats.
Carlos Ischia's introduction to competitive action was spoiled by a club he used to manage, as
Central proved ungenerous hosts to his [.
The 2008 Torneo Clausura kicks off at long last following the summer break on Friday evening, with
LanÃºs aiming to defend the title they won so improbably back in December, whilst the likes of Boca
will be wanting to get back to winning ways. Other big sides need improved performances, for a
variety of reasons, [.
Lionel Messi made a return to the starting lineup for Barcelona; Internazionale stumbled at the top
of Serie; Carlos Tevez helped take Manchester United through to the 6th round of the FA Cup, whilst
Javier Mascherano did likewise for Liverpool, where he may soon be joined by Pablo Aimar. Lionel
Scaloni, meanwhile, has alreadyÂ moved to [.
Prior to tonight's Torneo de Verano match between Boca and San Lorenzo, there have been a few other
games from some of the other sides in Primera A. Following a fight in training on Friday between
GermÃ¡n Denis and an Independiente youth-team player, there were more fisticuffs during Banfield
There's been a lot of booing and hissing up in Victoria, where Leandro LÃ¡zzaro's been portrayed,
in his own words, as 'the bad guy in this film.' On Thursday, LÃ¡zzaro - who thought all parties
had agreed a transfer to Estudiantes on WednesdayÂ - was still training with Tigre. And there's
another player dispute elsewhere: AdriÃ¡n [.
Luciano LeguizamÃ³n's freezing out at Gimnasia La Plata is almost at an end, after the club stated
that they were prepared to let him move to Arsenal de SarandÃ. LeguizamÃ³n's 'crime' was asking
Juan SebastiÃ¡n VerÃ³n to swap shirts with him after Estudiantes had beaten Gimnasia in the La
Plata derby during the Apertura.
And so it arrives. In a few hours' time, either LanÃºs will be the champions of Argentina, or the
title race will be heading towards a playoff between them and Tigre. For that to happen, Boca -
with nothing but pride to play for - must beat LanÃºs in La Bombonera, and Tigre have to [...]
Unbelievable. If you'd scripted this at the start of the championship, no-one in their right minds
would have published it. IÂ heard a joke recently,Â after a striker in England's second tier
starred in Northern Ireland's recent Euro 2008 qualifying exploits. 'Roy of the Rovers reads David
Sao Paulo, River Plate, Santos, Internacional and any other sides with designs on a big party
following the 2008 Copa Libertadores final may as well cancel those plans right now. On Monday, it
was all-but confirmed that Juan RomÃ¡n Riquelme will be a Boca Juniors player again by the end of
this year - and [.
Tigre y San Lorenzo disputaron esta noche el primer partido del triangular que decidirá el
campeón del Torneo Apertura en Argentina, después de que en la última jornada, ambos
acabaran empatados a puntos junto con Boca Juniors. El 'Cuervo' ha sido el que se ha puesto por
delante, ya que se impuso a los de Victoria [.