Monday, May 5, 2008

Boca Juniors: 1 - River Plate: 0 - Torneo Clausura 2008

River Plate lost to Boca Juniors by 1-0 in the 13th Round of the Torneo Clausura 2008. Unfortunately, the team lost more than just a Superclasico: a victory would have left River with 3 points more than Estudiantes (who lost 2-1 vs. Argentinos Jrs.) and 7 more than Boca. Since the Xeneizes won, "los millonarios" are now sharing the first place spot with Estudiantes and San Lorenzo, with Boca just one point away from the trio.

River did not show any clear signs of good football. In fact, the team hardly had any clear chances, with Abreu's header towards the end of the match being the only one coming to mind. The only people who put on a show were River's fans, who received the team with over 3,000 red-and-white balloons in the stands:

Don't get me wrong, Boca weren't all that magnificent either, but they had a few chances and were able to clinch the three points thanks to this header by Sebastian Battaglia that finished inside the net:

River's poor performance left every Riverplatense a bit worried and upset, though -surprisingly- it didn't affect me too much. I think it's a bit because we are still on top in the rankings (..and Boca is still behind us), but mainly because of the excitement of awaiting the Copa Libertadores match vs. San Lorenzo. Unlike yesterday's game, if we lose or tie on Thursday (and in certain cases even if we win), we will be eliminated from this year's edition of the tournament. We've lost two extremely important games this last week, but the most important one of the three still remains. So here's hoping the best for "la banda". Vamos River!


Christian said...

I've calmed down a lot since Sunday. We're still alive in both competitions, we're tied for first in the league, so it's a little early to start hitting the panic button.

Nick said...

Thanks for your great blog, it's nice to be able to keep up to date on Argentinian football and from a fans perspective. I was in Argentina a year ago and went to a couple of games and the atmosphere was amazing, I can't wait to go back!

Locoxriver said...

Thanks Nick! I am glad to hear that you're enjoying the blog. I must admit that I haven't been doing my best lately (lagging on the posts), but readers like you are the ones who keep this site running.

Once again, thanks for visiting.
- Gonzalo