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Superderby moves to Córdoba tonight

Boca Juniors coach Carlos Bianchi (right) speaks to midfielder Fernando Gago during a training session.

Both teams make changes due to injuries and suspensions

The second Superderby of the year will be held at the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium in Córdoba tonight. Boca Juniors and River Plate, who drew 1-1 last week, make changes due to injuries and suspensions.

CÓRDOBA — Boca Juniors and River Plate play the second of three summer Superderbies in Córdoba’s Mario Alberto Kempes stadium this evening at 10.10pm. Their first clash, a week ago in Mar del Plata, ended 1-1, but as there is a trophy for tonight’s winner, another draw would be decided by a penalty shoot-out. There will be between 1,500 and 2,000 police on duty to avoid incidents between rival fans.

Both teams will have changes in their line-ups due to injuries and suspensions. For Boca Juniors, Emanuel Trípodi will replace injured goalkeeper Agustín Orión, while young Joel Rodríguez comes in for suspended defender Daniel “Cata” Díaz who was sent off last Saturday. As for River Plate, Juan Carlos Menseguez replaces striker Fernando Cavenaghi who was also sent off just before the end of the first match. Playmaker Juan Román Riquelme is not fully fit to play yet.

In a tactical change, Menseguez will share the attack with more experienced Teófilo Gutiérrez instead of youngster Giovanni Simeone, the son of former international Diego Simeone who currently coaches joint Spanish leaders Atlético Madrid. River Plate also expects to replace midfielder Cristian Ledesma by Matías Kranevitter and reserve defender Ramiro Funes Mori by Éder Álvarez Balanta and they look to have a stronger team than last week.

Last time the two teams met in Córdoba, River Plate was the winner by 2-1. The third of this summer’s meetings will be in Mendoza next Saturday.

Today’s probable teams are:

Boca Juniors: Trípodi, Hernán Grana, Joel Rodríguez, Juan Forlín, Nahuel Zárate, Fernando Gago, Pablo Ledesma, Juan Manuel Martínez, Luciano Acosta, Juan Sánchez Miño, Emmanuel Gigliotti.

River Plate: Marcelo Barovero, Gabriel Mercado, Jonatan Mai-dana, Balanta, Carlos Carbonero, Kranevitter, Leonardo Ponzio, Leonel Vangioni, Menseguez, Teófilo Gutiérez, Manuel Lanzini.

Friendlies. Belgrano easily beat Independiente, which played with a reserve team, 2-0 at home in the Córdoba Cup tournament late on Thursday night, eliminating the Avellaneda club from contention.

Yesterday, Lanús beat Tigre in another friendly.


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