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Copa Sudamericana 2009: San Lorenzo 1 – 0 Tigre: the goal

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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. Fabián Bordagaray was sent on as a substitute with nine minutes of the ninety remaining, and scored the winner in [.

Copa Sudamericana 2009 – Tigre 2 – 1 San Lorenzo: the goals

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Tuesday night saw the last pre-season match for two of the Primera División'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: [.

Torneo Clausura 2009

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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 [.

¡Boca Campeón!

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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 [...]

The final approaches

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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.

Plummetting interest

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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 [...

Apertura ‘08: The playoff fixtures

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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.

Three-way action

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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 [...]

Two sides fighting for the title

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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 [.

Coasting at the top

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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 [.

Boca Juniors 4 - 3 Colo Colo

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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.

Clausura ‘08: Round 5 fixtures

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No fewer than four clásicos this weekend, two between 'Big Five' clubs - Racing host San Lorenzo and Independiente visit Boca - one sort-of derby, an all-Santa Fé Province clash between Central and Colón, and a proper derby between two of the clubs from the zona Sur of Gran Buenos Aires, with Banfield visiting champions [.

Clausura ‘08: Round 1 scores and scorers

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River Plate 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 [.

Torneo Clausura 2008: The eve of the kick off

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The 2008 Torneo Clausura kicks off at long last following the summer break on Friday evening, with Lanús 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, [.

A European roundup, and a couple of pre-season results

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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 already moved to [.

More pre-season and two forgotten men

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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 Germán Denis and an Independiente youth-team player, there were more fisticuffs during Banfield vs. Central.

Following orders

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There's been a lot of booing and hissing up in Victoria, where Leandro Lázzaro's been portrayed, in his own words, as 'the bad guy in this film.' On Thursday, Lázzaro - who thought all parties had agreed a transfer to Estudiantes on Wednesday - was still training with Tigre. And there's another player dispute elsewhere: Adrián [.

Leguiza-moving-on

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Luciano Leguizamón'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 Sarandí. Leguizamón's 'crime' was asking Juan Sebastián Verón to swap shirts with him after Estudiantes had beaten Gimnasia in the La Plata derby during the Apertura.

Apertura ‘07: the day of reckoning

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And so it arrives. In a few hours' time, either Lanús 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 Lanús in La Bombonera, and Tigre have to [...]

Apertura ‘07: Tigre still dream, Boca have a nightmare

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Unbelievable. If you'd scripted this at the start of the championship, no-one in their right minds would have published it. I heard a joke recently, after a striker in England's second tier starred in Northern Ireland's recent Euro 2008 qualifying exploits. 'Roy of the Rovers reads David Healy comics!

Look who’s back, and the endgame approaches

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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 Román Riquelme will be a Boca Juniors player again by the end of this year - and [.

The Rest

San Lorenzo dio el primer golpe ante Tigre

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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 [.