A quick review of lo que pasó

4 games to go now and our picture of the season is forming in front of our eyes.

The leaders: Velez, another regulation win, this time against Gimnasia. Realistically it was just a professional performance against a sloppy side. Santiago Silva’s goal however, was just exquisite.

The overachievers: Olimpo, still in danger of relegation in the promedios but what we thought was just a good start, has seen the Bahia Blanca outfit as title challengers. Now 5 points off, they’re probably out the picture but they’ve been excellent in the Clausura and a win at Argentinos is just more evidence of their improvement.

The underachievers: Reigning champs Estudiantes have inexplicably (well not quite, you have to look at the change in managers) gone from unstoppable Apertura-winning machine to feeble, stripy outfit in just a matter of months. They were slapping about Huracan on Sunday night, 2-0 up inside half an hour, where the relegation-threatened home side’s fans starting ripping up the stadium and chucking it at the away fans, police, and pretty much anyone in their way. Match abandoned. I can only hope the Pincha get to keep the points.

Down the bottom: Newell’s still bottom but got a win at home to All Boys. An Arsenal side who are just nothing to me, got a 2-2 draw at home to Boca but the away side will be a bit gutted as they could have been in the reckoning for the Sudamericana.

At the top: Godoy Cruz are now 3 points off Velez at the summit due to their failure to win at Banfield. Such a disappointing for the Tomba against such an average outfit. Lanús continue to impress, smashing Tigre in their own backyard. A hat-trick from young striker Silvio Romero, who is really making a name for himself since signing from lower league Instituto (Alejandro Faurlin’s old club). River drew the clasico at home to San Lore and that puts them out the title chase really.

And the rest: The two Avellaneda sides are now tied on points following Racing’s loss at Quilmes, something absolutely unthinkable just a few months ago (although Academia fans will tell you nothing is ever predictable with Racing). Independiente got a win however, as Colon’s bafflingly good away form has started to disintegrate and the hideous horse that is Silvera, got a goal.

So that’s that. Fire me some questions if you wish.

Be good.



About Ed Malyon

Freelance sport and betting journalist. Specialises in Argieball, Eurostuff, and Quicket.
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