Tuesday, February 26, 2008

River - America: The Preview

Our second match corresponding to the Copa Libertadores 2008 will take place tomorrow in the Monumental Stadium. Our rivals will be America of Mexico, the toughest team in the group on paper and in terms of history.

Diego Simeone has decided to field the efficient formation that led the team to a win over San Lorenzo on Sunday. Therefore, the following will be on the field from Minute 0:

Juan Pablo Carrizo;
Paulo Ferrari-Gustavo Cabral-Eduardo Tuzzio-Cristian Villagra;
Augusto Fernandez-Oscar Ahumada-Matias Abelairas;
Ariel Ortega;
Radamel Falcao Garcia-Sebastian Abreu

High quality players such as Alexis Sanchez, Leonardo Ponzio, Mauro Rosales, and Diego Buonanotte, meanwhile, will be waiting on the bench with expectations of entering the field and helping the team with their tremendous amount of skill.

The key player to look out for on the Mexican side will definitely be Salvador CabaƱas. The Paraguayan International striker was chosen the Best South American Footballer in 2007 due to his impressive scoring (37 goals last year). His qualities led him to become to the Top Goalscorer of the Chilean League, the Mexican League, and the last edition of the Copa Libertadores. Ex-River foward Federico Higuain (Gonzalo's brother) will be on the bench, but he can prove to be vital: the two times he faced River he scored against the club (both times playing for Nueva Chicago). In fact, he even managed to score America's winning goal vs. Universidad Catolica in the 90th minute, leading the "Aguilas" to the first place spot in the group for now.

This will be a very important game for River. A win can help the team catch up to the top spots of the group. Since Universidad Catolica defeated Universidad San Martin today (1-0 in favor of the Chileans), all four teams would be sharing the same position with three points. A loss, meanwhile, could result in a tough position: the "Millonarios" would end up 6 points away from America with some tough games awaiting the squad.

The game will be shown live tomorrow on Fox Sports en Espanol at 2:30 PM Pacific / 5:30 PM Eastern Time. A tape delay will also be shown on the same channel at 8:00 PM Pacific / 11:00 PM Eastern Time.

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