Soccer — Domestic LeagueSunday, August 31, 2014
Independiente, Racing to play Avellaneda derby
After a year without one of the most exciting matches in Argentine soccer, Independiente and Racing will play the Avellaneda derby today at 3.15pm at the Libertadores de América stadium.
Today will be a day full of exciting matches in the Transitional Tournament. Independiente and Racing will play the Avellaneda derby, defending champion River Plate will visit Libertadores Cup champion San Lorenzo and Boca Juniors, with its new coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena, will host leader Vélez Sarsfield.
It will be the first official game between Independiente and Racing after the Reds were relegated to the National B Division. The match will be held at the Reds’ Libertadores de América stadium at 3.15pm with only home fans in attendance.
Both teams suffered shocking defeats in the third round (Independiente lost 4-0 at home to Vélez and Racing was beaten 4-0 at Tigre), but recovered with victories in the last round to gain a morale boost ahead of the derby. However, neither side showed much improvement. Independiente clinched a 2-1 win over Olimpo in Bahía Blanca with two late goals, while Racing beat Arsenal de Sarandí 1-0 at home with a late penalty that the referee should not have awarded.
The host’s first team will probably be: Diego Rodríguez; Nicolás Figal, Cristian Tula, Víctor Cuesta; Nahuel Zárate, Franco Bellocq, Jesús Méndez, Federico Mancuello; Daniel Montenegro; Juan Manuel Lucero and Sebastián Penco.
Racing: Sebastián Saja; Iván Pillud, Luciano Lollo, Yonathan Cabral, Leandro Grimi; Gastón Díaz, Nelson Acevedo, Ezequiel Videla, Ricardo Centurión; Gabriel Hauche and Diego Milito.
River will try to continue its positive run at San Lorenzo at 9.30pm. Marcelo Gallardo’s team has showed fantastic performances this season with Colombian striker Teófilo Gutiérrez at the top of the leading goalscorers standings with five.
At La Bombonera, Boca will host Vélez at 6.15pm with the début of Arruabarrena, who replaced Carlos Bianchi. The Xeneize need a victory to turn around this disappointing start to the season. But it will not be easy, as their opponents are the tournament leaders, who have won all four games so far.
In another game today, Belgrano will face Atlético Rafaela at 3.15pm in Córdoba.
In Florencio Varela yesterday, Rosario Central took a very important three points home as it defeated Defensa y Justicia 3-1. Miguel Ángel Russo’s team improved in the second half and won with goals scored by Walter Acuña, Franco Niell and Antonio Medina. Uruguayan Washington Camacho pulled one back for the host.
Earlier, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata clinched its first victory in the tournament after beating Godoy Cruz 2-0 at home. Jorge Rojas and Javier Mendoza scored for the team coached by Pedro Troglio.
Newell’s Old Boys and Estudiantes de La Plata were playing last night at press time in Rosario.
Herald staff with agencies