Argentine teams were in action across the continent this week.
In the Copa Sudamericana, Racing took on Brazilian giants Corinthians, whilst the two other Argentine teams in the competition clashed with each other in an interesting match. Independiente came out on top, and a 2-0 victory in the second leg has sent Atletico Tucumán crashing out of the competition. Estudiantes de La Plata will clash against Paraguayan side Nacional Asunción on Tuesday having been defeated in the first leg 1-0 in Paraguay.
San Lorenzo clashed against Lanús last night and retain the resulting bragging rights having beaten their city rivals 2-0 at home in a confident performance. The two will meet again on the 21st of this month. River couldn’t have wished for a start, a 3-0 defeat away from home in Bolivia at Wilstermann means they will most likely be crashing out of the Libertadores. Even with the calibre of players they have at the their disposal 3 goals is a tough target to achieve, especially against a team that is likely to dig in.
Independiente 2-0 (Round of 16, aggregate score 2-1) Atletico Tucumán.
Independiente over turned a one goal deficit to beat Tucumán at the Libertadores de America in a heated encounter. Leandro Fernandez put Independiente ahead in the 17th minute. It was a wonderful goal, a true joy to behold, beautiful build up and beautiful execution by Fernandez. Martin Benitez added to the scoreline in the 83rd minute, despite it being down to ten men due to a Tagliafico dismissal in the 52nd minute. The drama didn’t end there as Yohan Cabral was sent off in the 92nd minute of the match.
Corinthians 1-1 Racing (First Leg)
Bonaerense side Racing had to fight from behind to draw with Paulista side Corinthians. The Brazilians took the lead through Maycon in 30th minute, capping a magnificent move, but Juan Musso really should have done more.
Racing leveled in the 74th minute through Enrique Triviero. The away goal gives Racing a strong chance of coming out on top next Tuesday when the two sides meet again in Argentina.
San Lorenzo 2-0 Lanus (Round of 16, First Leg),
His holiness Pope Francis will be more than happy with yesterday’s result, as his beloved San Lorenzo overcame Lanús. Thanks to two goals from Nicolas Blandi.
This first goal was a piece of master footwork by the 27-year-old Argentine, as he coolly controlled the ball before slotting it home.
The second goal came after Lanús rightback Jose Luis Gomez clumsily gifted the ball to Blandi in his own box, only to bring him down. The inform striker stood up confidently to send Esteban Andrada the wrong way.
The sides will meet again next Thursday, to see who will progress to the quarter finals.
Wilstermann 3-0 River, 14/9 (First Leg)
River, the last of the Argentine contingent, faced Bolivian side Jorge Wilstermann last night in Cochabamba. A match that wasn’t easy for the Porteño side, in no small part due to the altitude they played at (2,558m).
The altitude took its’ toll and the Argentine side succumbed to a 3-0 defeat. From the offset, Wilstermann dominated, and took the lead through a set piece in the 5th minute. River looked fatigued and tried as they struggled to press and close down the Bolivians. By the second half it became clear that there was no way River would be getting back into the match, and a sublime team move was capped off by Gilbert Alvarez in the 51st minute. Cristhian Machado completed the rout with a goal 8 minutes from time.
A second leg tie at the Monumental awaits the Bolivian side on the 21st of September. Can River overcome the 3-0 deficit? It’s going to be tough. In fact River coach Marcelo Gallardo has described the game as the most important of his coaching career.