Final tournamentSunday, March 9, 2014
Boca faces Racing in key derby
Both teams need a win to overcome their bad moment
The seventh round of the Final Tournament continues today with four matches. Boca will visit Racing at 9.30pm in the most outstanding match. River also plays while San Lorenzo will go top if it beats Godoy Cruz today.
Boca and Racing will face each other again, but this time both teams need a win in order to climb in the standings. This derby is the most outstanding match scheduled for today for the seventh round of the Final Tournament.
Elsewhere, River Plate also aims at earning a home win as it receives Arsenal, while Godoy Cruz will try to stay in the top positions of the standings against defending champion San Lorenzo at the Malvinas Argentinas stadium.
Also, Olimpo will have a tough match against Newell’s Old Boys with the aim of leaving the relegation zone. The Rosario side will make many changes in order to preserve its first-choice players for the Libertadores Cup match against Grêmio.
Racing, who is in the bottom place of the standings, and Boca, amid internal problems among the players that affect the team performance, need a win. The kickoff is scheduled at 9.30pm at Racing stadium.
The host has five winless matches in a row and coach Reinaldo Merlo will make three changes to the team fielded in the 1-0 loss to Lanús: Ismael Quilez will replace José Gómez, Rodrigo De Paul will play instead of injured Diego Villar and Valentín Viola in place of Luciano Vietto.
In Boca, goalkeeper Agustín Orión will return to the starting line-up after his tour with the national team in Bucharest while midfielder Diego Rivero will replace suspended Pablo Ledesma. Diego Perotti will play in the attack instead of Luciano Acosta.
On the other side, River Plate will seek a victory at 6.15pm against Arsenal, after the scoreless draw against Tigre in the last round.
In other matches, Godoy Cruz will host San Lorenzo at 5pm and Olimpo will meet Newell’s Old Boys at 6pm.
The seventh round started yesterday with four matches. Leader Colón tied with Gimasia y Esgrima of La Plata without opening the scoring at the Brigadier General Estanislao López stadium and remain atop with 14 points followed by San Lorenzo and Estudiantes with 12. Estudiantes also set a goalless draw with Atlético de Rafaela and failed to reach the top but San Lorenzo plays today and may overcome Colón.
Also yesterday, Lanús beat relegation-threatened Argentinos Juniors 2-0 on goals from Diego González and Jorge Ortiz, both from headers.
Vélez Sarfield played Belgrano late yesterday.
Herald staff with DyN