Tango Ball: Week 12

Boselli (right) had a disastrous time in Europe.

Oh, Tango Ball. Sometimes you underwhelm in the worst way. Like last week. There were five draws out of the ten scheduled matches, and only two matches featured more than 2 goals. Also, the teams that had been shaping up to be contenders have nearly all dropped points. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.

Looking Back: After Boca drew 1-1 with Belgrano on Sunday, Newell’s had a golden opportunity to snatch the table lead away from them in the Monday night “Arse v. NOB” game. They didn’t. Another 1-1 draw. Only Tigre managed a win over Olimpo to reach 3rd place, one point behind Boca and Newell’s. All Boys beat Union to move into 4th place, while Vélez and Estudiantes drew and lost, respectively, to fall behind.

Your golden boot frontrunners this week are Mauro “The Duke” Boselli (Estudiantes) and Dario “Ronaldin” Gandin (Atl Rafaela), with six apiece. That’s kinda low, I think. Wigan will recall when the Latics signed Boselli for £6.5M, only to see him disappoint with 1 goal in 12 matches, then pawned him off on Genoa. In March of this year, Wigan fans voted Boselli as the club’s worst ever foreign signing. That’s a rare distinction.

Midweek Gossip and Other Nonsense: Not a lot to munch on here. Boca eliminated Olimpo from the Copa Argentina in a penalty kick shootout that ended 11-10, which is crazy. Then Riquelme picked up an injury in training and might miss the Saturday game against Colón.

The details on the new league format have been ironed out, and it’s not too exciting. The dual short tournament format stays. This blows. I had been hoping for a return to the traditional long tournament. They are doing away with the Promotion playoff system, however, and going to a straight relegation for the worst team in the overall standings and the bottom two teams from the relegation table. It’s not ideal, but sometimes these changes have to be made slowly.

Looking Forward: the match of the weekend is definitely Vélez v. Estudiantes tonight. Even though they’re in sixth and eighth place, they’re still only a few points out of first, and these are sides that have won titles in recent seasons. I think Vélez will emerge victorious. Other than that, there’s Boca v. Colón (1st v. 7th place) and Newell’s v. All Boys (2nd v. 4th place), both on Saturday. Tigre gets the Monday night game v. Belgrano. Meanwhile on Sunday, San Lorenzo needs to win and hope for a Rafaela loss in order to shorten distances in the relegation table and find a way out of their relegation playoff spot.

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