Monday, March 17, 2008

River Plate: 0 - Racing Club: 0 - Torneo Clausura 2008

Neither River Plate nor Racing Club were not able to find the net in an encounter played in the Estadio Monumental, which finished 0-0. Of the two sides, the one that was generally distinguished as the best side was the home team (River), due to having many more chances and actually looking to get ahead.

I am still rather impressed by River's defensive record: of the 6 games played in the Clausura so far, we only conceded goals vs. San Martin (SJ). On the other hand, Carrizo kept a clean sheet vs. Gimnasia (JJ), Newell's Old Boys, San Lorenzo, Estudiantes, and Racing Club. This shouldn't be taken for granted, for several of those teams have fantastic offensive players (Estudiantes is the top scoring team in the league this season, Newell's put 4 past Arsenal yesterday, San Lorenzo has the likes of D'Alessandro and Silvera, etc.). Despite the positive side, a worrying fact also arises: 3 of our 6 Clausura games have ultimately finished with a final score of 0-0. Why the lack of goals? It is true that we failed to impress vs. Estudiantes and Newell's, but yesterday we had several opportunities yet failed to score. This has been going on since the Passarella days and is definitely something we must improve on.

Perhaps the most unfortunate part of the game was Ariel Ortega's injury. He was fouled in a quick counterattack and was forced to abandon the field in the first half. There aren't many updates on how long he will be out for, but it isn't expected to be anything serious, though he could miss Sunday's key game vs. Velez.

Highlights of yesterday's match:

On Wednesday we will be making up the suspended portion of the game vs. San Martin (SJ). River is currently winning with a partial score of 3-2, though things could change in the remaining 12 minutes (will be played in two halves of six minutes each). There is no word on whether it will be televised or not(TyC Sports?), though I will make sure to keep everyone updated if there is any news.

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