Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Win For Argentina, Finally

Apologize for the late posting on this. BIG thanks to Jack! for keeping us updated throughout the match. Also thanks to Johnny and the rest for their respective comment as well. By the way, I wonder where was that Seba fella?

Coco BASILE has finally got it right this time though the overall performance may leave some question mark. Goals from Lionel MESSI and Kun AGUERO ensured that Argentina ended their five match winless streak with a narrow 2-1 win over Uruguay.

Juan Roman RIQUELME sublime long ball pass found MESSI, who headed the ball past Juan CASTILLO in the 6th minute. The Albiceleste kept piling on the pressure and their reward was paid off with a second goal in the 13th minute. Kun AGUERO slammed in the ball in after the initial shot by Esteban CAMBIASSO hit the post.

The visitors pulled back through Diego LUGANO in the 39th minute courtesy of a good cross from Luis SUAREZ.

In the second half, Argentina played the better football but the Uruguayans defense stood firm and did not allow any breakthrough. Carlos TEVEZ and AGUERO had the best opportunities but neither could convert their chances.
In a typical River Plate derby, a total of 10 players received yellow cards by the time the referee blew the final whistle.

As Johnny did highlight in our match thread's comment box, several players will not be available for the trip to Santiago to face Chile. There will be plenty questions on how Coco will react to this.

In the meantime, some other news…

FIFA 2008 Futsal World Cup

After drawing 3-3 in their first match in the second round group stage against Paraguay, Argentina went down to Spain 2-1. This means that Argentina must beat Russia in their last group game to progress to the semi-finals.

Nalbandian Wins Stockholm Open

Top-seeded David NALBANDIAN capped a near perfect week with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 win over local favorite Robin SODERLING in the Stockholm Open final on Sunday.

"It was great," NALBANDIAN said. "The conditions are perfect to play indoors. It could be faster or slower. I adapt my game to play here and I really like it."

This was his first title since winning in Buenos Aires since February and he will now go to Madrid to defend his Madrid Masters title.

Mar del Plata To Host Davis Cup Final

The Davis Cup final between Argentina and Spain will be held at the Islas Malvinas Stadium in Mar del Plata. The Argentine team hoped to play on a fast indoor court in Cordoba to bolster the strengths of David NALBANDIAN and Juan Martin DEL POTRO.


Akash said...

Yesterday Argentina's junior volleyball team won the South american Championship for the first time in their history by defeating the host,Brazil,3-1 in the final.Alfio Basile has called up Jose Sand for the next match against Chile on wednesdey due to the injury of Sergio Aguero and the suspension of Carlos Tevez.

johnny said...

Nice call up by Coco. Jose "Pepe" Sand is the current leading scorer in Argentina. Lethal in the area. Plus, he hates River Plate !:)

Dante said...

Thank for your comment. There is one post of Jose Sand. He is from Bella Vista Corrientes, and we are very Proud.

I'm not speak English, sorry :).

Anonymous said...

why are we missing so many players 4 the next game ?


johnny said...

Hi Lucas-we are missing players due to injuries and an accumulation of yellow cards. Not a good thing, but we will get to see some other players get a chance to shine, and also see how Coco deals with the loss of Riquelme. Should be interesting !

John said...

Hi There,

Johnny, I could be wrong here but according to the AFA website, DEMICHELIS, KUN & MASCHERANO are recovering could be available for the Chile match.

Only RIQUELME and TEVEZ are not playing due to suspension.

I will agree with you that it will be interesting to see how would Coco cope in the absence of Roman

johnny said...

Hi John, yes, you may be right. Interesting to note that I read somewhere that KUN has some big matches coming up with Atletico and that may have a bearing on whether he plays despite his minor knock.

John said...

Johnny, after the MESSI saga with Barcelona, I wonder which other club is going to come up with some ridiculous deal about players for their country. Someone needs to put a stop into this.

Some football news…..

Apparently Rafa BENITEZ is keen to bring Fernando CAVENAGHI to Anfield. What do you think about that?

Also Carlos TEVEZ’s permanent move to Manchester United is almost complete. What took them so long?

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