The curiosity in Argentine football will be enhanced these days. It is that the League Cup defined all his classifieds for the playoffs and promises captivating duels, although the most captivating is the final that they could play Mouth Y River.
The days and times will be known today at noon, but the quarterfinals will be played between this Tuesday and Thursday. It will be all in one game. The best positioned teams will have the home field advantage. Fernando Gago’s Racing will host Martín Palermo’s Aldosivi. Boca will wait in the Bombonera for Defense and Justice. In La Plata, Estudiantes will face Argentinos. While River, in the Monumental, will play against Tigre.
The weekend, between Saturday and Sunday, the semifinals will take place, already in a neutral stadium. On one side, the winners of Racing-Aldosivi and Boca-Defense will meet. On the other, the winners of Estudiantes-Argentinos and River-Tigre. Xeneizes and millionaires will try to advance along different paths, dreaming of meeting on Saturday 21 or Sunday 22 May in a final that would be fascinating.
During this Sunday they secured their classification to the playoffs Argentinos Juniors (beat Unión 2-1 with scores by Miguel Torrés from a penalty kick and Kevin Mac Allister; Matías Gallegos made the one for Santa Fe) and Defensa y Justicia (beat Patronato 1-0 with both by Adonis Frías from penalty).
Gimnasia was not enough with its very good 3-1 victory against Newell’s (a celebration by Eric Ramírez and two by Ramón Sosa for the Platenses; Pablo Pérez scored for the Rosario) and Sarmiento was also left out with his 0-1 defeat against Talleres in Córdoba, who celebrated for Federico Girotti’s goal.
River only played to comply. That is why Marcelo Gallardo put together an alternative formation. Anyway, the millionaires still won. It was 2-1 to Platense. José Paradela and Julián Álvarez scored from a penalty for Marcelo Gallardo’s team. Matías Gallegos had tied for Vicente López’s men.
The qualifying phase will formally close this Monday with three games with nothing at stake: Central Córdoba – Lanús, Colón – Vélez and Banfield – Atlético Tucumán. The best is yet to come. The playoffs. And the superclassic final?