After a busy week, I only have time for a brief piece on the blog today.
Last weekend’s games have had the following outcomes:
– There are (realistically) only two teams left in with a shout of Clausura glory. Lanus are in second and Velez lead the way. Godoy Cruz would need a remarkable turn of events to win it.
– Velez are out of the Copa Libertadores at the semi-final stage, losing to Peñarol in a game not short of drama. Santi Silva, so brilliant this season, skied a late penalty that could have seen them through. Peñarol will play Santos (Brazil).
– River look almost certain to face a relegation playoff. Whilst unlikely to go down, the implication of this is that they will not play in the Copa Sudamericana, even if they qualify through league position. They won’t go down though. I guarantee it.
– Quilmes are down barring a miracle. The other automatic spot will go to Gimnasia or Huracan, Gimnasia’s fixtures are moderately easier so they may escape upwards into the promoción.
– Boca and Arsenal will be chasing Sudamericana places and hoping River are prevented from entering due to the relegation playoffs.
In transfer news, the following moves are confirmed – River Plate’s Mariano Pavone will move to Tijuana in Mexico on a free. They’re a newly-promoted side who are splashing the cash. Estudiantes have sold Enzo Perez to Benfica. He will most likely fill the gap on the right wing that was vacated by fellow Argentine Eduardo Salvio as he returned to Atletico Madrid following the end of his loan spell. Buonanotte of River can’t wait for his Malaga move, his career is really stuck in a rut and it will be make or break for him as he finally gets his chance in Europe. Rinaudo, a combative midfielder, will leave Gimnasia La Plata for Sporting Lisbon.