Monday, October 29, 2007

River - Defensor Sporting: The Preview

After Thursday's 2-2 tie with Defensor Sporting on Thursday, River will be looking to find a positive result that will officially make them one of the four semi-finalists. This match will be played in the Monumental (our stadium), giving the "millonarios" a slight advantage over the Uruguayans. The following eleven will be starting tomorrow:

Juan Pablo Carrizo;
Paulo Ferrari-Nicolas Sánchez-Eduardo Tuzzio-Leonardo Ponzio;
Fernando Belluschi-Oscar Ahumada-Matias Abelairas;
Ariel Ortega;
Mauro Rosales-Radamel Falcao Garcia

Two of our normal starters will be missing: youngers Diego Buonanotte is still not inscribed in the Copa Sudamericana squad list, while right-wing Augusto Fernandez is currently injured and will be out for weeks. Buonanotte will once again be replaced by Mauro Rosales, who had played well in the first leg of the series. Meanwhile, Belluschi will be moving to Fernandez's spot, leaving Matias Abelairas in charge of the left side.

The following results will grant River the qualification:
- Any win in our favor.
- A 0-0 tie.
- A 1-1 tie.

The following results will grant Defensor Sporting the qualification:
- Any win in their favor.
- A 3-3 tie or above (i.e. - 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, etc.)

If the final match result is 2-2, the game will then proceed to penalty kicks to determine a winner.

You can catch the game live on Fox Sports en Espanol at 5:00 PM Pacific / 8:00 PM Eastern Time. A replay of the match will be shown at 11:00 PM Pacific / 2:00 AM Eastern Time on the same day (same channel as well).


Christian said...

While I'm glad we have our two away goals going into tonight's match, I'm still cautious. Do you think if they do advance that Passarella will focus only on the Copa, as the league, though mathematically possible, might be out of reach?

Locoxriver said...

No idea. But I think the league should still be kept in mind: Lanus has a tough match vs. Tigre on Sunday, and if they lose and we defeat Independiente, we will only be two points from the top. Two points with four matches left? Doesn't sound impossible to me.

If we lose vs. Independiente (assuming we qualify today), I would go mainly for the Sudamericana. If we win, on the other hand, I would go for both. Either way we also have players to rotate and still fight for the two (Rosales, Andres Rios, Domingo, Lima, Nasuti, Ruben, Ojeda etc. aren't even starters).

- Gonzalo