Sunday, August 20, 2006

Meanwhile, South Of The Border . . .

In Argentina, Racing Club handed it to River Plate this afternoon 3-1 in one of the many classic derby matches played in Buenos Aires. Goals from Gonzalo Bergessio, Facundo Sava, and Adrián Bastía took Racing to seven points, within two points of joint-leaders Boca Juniors and Estudiantes who lead the Torneo Apertura with nine points after three games. Ariel Ortega scored the consolation goal, leaving River stuck on four points and in a logjam in the middle of the table.

Slick passing could only get River to the edge of Racing's penalty area before the plays were broken up. Racing, scoring all three goals on counterattacks, kept River at bay by winning most of the loose balls and making River pay for pushing players up field in an attempt to get back into the game. Once the score was beyond doubt, River let the frustration get to them as they finished the game with only nine players. Next week, Racing travel to Rosario to take on Newell's Old Boys while River host Argentinos Juniors at the Estadio Monumental. [ESPN Soccernet]

Elsewhere . . .

Omar Bravo looking to get out of Mexico? [Fox Sports]

Argentina include teens Sergio Aguero and Leonel Messi in squad to play friendly against Brazil in London [Yahoo!]

Roberto Ayala update: not good []

Things get testy at the bottom of the table in Brazil [Fox Sports]


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