08: Revenge is a dish best served cold
Amidst the confusion of the transition in the Argentinean football, it took me three rounds into the Copa de Superliga to realize that this year's Copa de Superliga was not counting for the Promedio table
. I learned from the press that not only these points wouldn't count, but the Promedio system was going to work for just one more year, being dropped in 2022/23 altogether
, to be replaced by the traditional relegation system practiced elsewhere.
Long story short, the Clásico against Estudiantes for the cup was the only thing that mattered for the rest of the season.
The last ever Copa de Superliga
...that we know of.
As I used a lot of breakthrough prospects during these games, the bad results are expected. I was planning to use my best team against Estudiantes, but the Clásico in the Copa de Superliga was scheduled just three days before the Clásico for the cup
, in which I wanted to have my strongest team.
The poor performance has seen us obviously out of the semifinals
, and in the end Huracán grabbed the title after that collapse in the league.
San Esteban’s Clásico Platense count: 1-3-1
Copa de Argentina - CLÁSICO DAY
TO ALL FANS WHO LIVE AND LOVE THE INTENSITY OF FOOTBALL, A WARM WELCOME TO AVELLANEDA!
Here at the Cilindro we can see Racing Club everywhere, except on the pitch. Today, it's neutral venue and we are glad to bring to you all excitement and emotions from the Clásico Platense! It's Gimnasia against Estudiantes!
My name is Valentín Hernandéz and I'm here with my friend Francisco Bermúdez to commentate and bring to you everything you need to know about this exciting game. Here we have the formations and the starting XI, Cisco!
Valentín: Biglia for the Lobos, Mascherano for the Pincharratas. The Clásico has two very experienced midfielders playing leading the two teams
. What can we say about the veterans for today's game, Cisco?
Cisco: Javier Mascherano
had a brilliant career. He won two Clausuras for River Plate, the Brazilian Série A for Corinthians, and, after some seasons without lifting silverware, he won a truckload of titles with Barcelona: La Liga (four times), Champions League (twice), Copa del Rey (twice), and the Club World Cup (twice).
's career was not that bright. Revealed by Argentinos, he went to Independiente before taking the European flight to Belgium. In Anderlecht, he had the most victorious period of his career, winning the Belgian league five times and the cup once. He had his moments with Lazio and Milan, but both these teams were far from winning anything.
Valentín: Together, they were the two defensive midfielders of the Argentinean squad that ended the 2014 World Cup as runners-up, losing the title to Germany, thanks to a volley from Götze in extra-time
and the brilliance of Gonzalo Higuaín in regular time to keep everything tied. Gracias por nada, Higuaín.
May the best veteran win.
3' Estudiantes has the ball and they are working with it. Gil Romero with it. He gives it to Mauro Díaz, they are looking for a space. Gil Romero again. Sarmiento is rushing from the left, GIL ROMERO HAS SEEN HIM! TORRENT FAILED TO INTERCEPT, SARMIENTO, TO SCORE! WIIIIDE!
He didn't connected with the ball the way he wanted and it went wide!
9' Gimnasia looks for a space, the Pincharratas close up. Paradela, he's boxed, has to give it back to Goltz and move. Goltz give it back to him. PARADELA WAS CAUGHT NAPPING AND ESTUDIANTES ARE ON THE BREAK! MAURO DÍAZ, HE FINDS DIEGO GARCÍA, FINISH IT! WIIIIIIDE!
What a chance missed by the Pincharratas!
11' Biglia has a free kick, Gimnasia has five men in the box. Biglia drives it to the far post, COMBA!!! POURTAU SAVES IT AND PUTS IT WIDE!
What a save from Pourtau!
28' This system from the Pincharratas makes it really hard to penetrate. Gimnasia are working the play, but spaces seldom appear. Chancalay is coming inside, that can be interesting! PARADELA FINDS CHANCALAY, HE HAS AN OPEN SPACE TO SHOOT!
Pourtau saves it with no problems.
38' Comba is running free on the right wing, can Biglia see him? Of course he can, but Estudiantes are quick to mark him. He has to pass it back to Torrent, WHAT A ONE-TWO! COMBA HAS IT AGAIN, HE SEES VIDES, BLOCKED!
Colombo blocks the shot, but IT FALLS BACK TO COMBA, HE TAKES IT! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL QUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ES DE GIMNASIA!
Comba gets the rebound and buries it into the net, nothing that Pourtau could do! The Lobos are ahead!
45+1' Gimnasia tries to control the actions in this end of first half. They are passing it on the back, without greater pretensions other than the whistle for half-time. Goltz. Torrent. THEY LOST IT! GARCÍA INTERCEPTED IT AND NOW HE'S GOING FOR IT. IT'S HIMSELF AND
HE SAVES IT BRILLIANTLY!
Goltz owes his goalkeeper his life after that blunder! Mauro Díaz puts the corner in, the defense clears it and first half is over. Gimnasia is up one-nil.
53' Estudiantes is not being able to react. Gimnasia has now started to work the ball, but they can't find space either. Biglia. FROM THERE? POURTAU SENDS IT OVER THE BAR!
Biglia with a bold attempt, almost scores a brilliant piece of goal. If that one goes in, the fans would leave the stadium to pay for the ticket again!
58' Biglia finds Melluso coming from the left wing, BEAUTIFUL CROSS TO VIDES! GOOOOOOOOOOOOO-
No-no-no-no-no-no-no, the flag is up and the goal doesn't count. Vides was definitely not offside, let's see the replay... Yep. Melluso was too eager, he was offside.
58' Mascherano. Diaz. Estudiantes look for a space now with Gil Romero. SARMIENTO IS THERE, FLAG IS DOWN! HE SMASHES IT! DENIED BY ALAN AGUIRRE!
He tries to reach for the rebound, but the ball evades his feet and it's a goal kick.
77' José Paradela is coming out, Horacio Bauzá comes in. The crowd goes wild and applauds Paradela for his performance
. He took over the midfield today.
82' Will García try to send this free kick directly towards goal? HE DID
, but Alan Aguirre was paying attention and saved it without a problem.
84' Torrent steps on the ball, he knows there is no reason for hurry. Bauzá. Interesting move! Torrent in a position to cross!, but the cross goes to far, BUT VIDES GETS IT BACK TO BAUZÁ, ALEMÁN IS OPEN, HE GETS IT! IT'S ALEMÁN AGAINST PORTA-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL QUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ES DE GIMNASIA! ALEMÁN SENDS THE PINCHARRATAS HOME. 2-0 WITH 84 MINUTES IN, IT'S OVER, IT'S OVER!
No way Estudiantes will come back!
87' Castro looks for García, if Estudiantes wants something from this game they have to do it now! García sends it ahead, but Torrent will - OH NO! TORRENT MISSED THE INTERCEPTION, LATTANZIO, AGUIRRE! IT'S NOT DEALT WITH! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL QUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ES DE ESTUDIANTES! WE HAVE A GAME!
Estudiantes will have 3 minutes more the added time to find something out of this game! Lattanzio gets the rebound and breaks Aguirre's clean sheet!
88' Bauzá. More than ever, Gimnasia tries to cool the game down. On the right side with Torrent. HE FINDS CUADRA, CUADRA HAS SPACE! POURTAU SENDS IT WIDE!
89' Alemán drives the corner into the penalty box, VIDES! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL QUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ES DE GIMNASIA! VIDES FINDS IT ON THE FIRST POST AND BURIES IT IN!
Can't we say it's over? I don't know! Maybe!
90+5' The flag is up and Torrent is offside. The ref wants the ball. THAT'S ALL! GIMNASIA TAKES REVENGE AND SEND ESTUDIANTES HOME!
My name is Valentín Hernández and it was my pleasure to have you for today's game. Una buena noche a todos, and see you next time!
San Esteban’s Clásico Platense count: 2-3-1
Around the world
Plenty of surprises this season:
In Copa Libertadores, Grêmio beat São Paulo for the title of the Brazilian team that won the Copa the most times
. Now, Grêmio has four, and São Paulo and Santos remain with three. The biggest surprise was Goiás, who no one thought would beat the achievement of coming runners-up of Copa Sudamericana in 2010, but now they become champions
beating the Brazilian giants Palmeiras in the final. Another surprise was Audax Italiano becoming champions in Chile.
In Europe, Manchester United won't have too much too celebrate with the UEL title, as their rivals finally bought... I mean, got the so-dreamed eared trophy home
. In the national competitions, nothing knew. They didn't need to use space of my HD to simulate this.
In Argentina, a shocking season in which nor Boca nor River have won any of the titles. Boca Juniors won't even be in the Copa Libertadores!
@Jack Aguirre has a brilliant career ahead of him, so it's important to take it away from his shoulders as soon as possible
@ScottT I really appreciate it, man!