Saturday, May 21, 2011

Old Boys Beat All Boys (and the return of a friend)

Fantasma Della B
Newell's Old Boys played their best match of the Clausura as they defeated All Boys. The final score was 1-0, but could have been more. All credit for keeping his team in the game goes to All Boys goalkeeper Nicolás Cambiasso who proved that he is worthy of playing in the Primera A. One of the highlights of the match had little to do with what happened on the field, but rather the return of an icon, as the Fantasma Della B was again released in celebration of Rosario Central's decent from the Primera A last year at the hands of Newell's opponents.

Schiavi's game winner
Javier Torrente put together a very different team for Newell's even though most of the names were familiar. Diego Mateo moved from midfield to defense. He was teamed with team captain Rolando Schiavi and young Ignacio Fideleff. Schiavi proved that he still has some futbol left in him. He played well in defense, and it was his header off a Sperduti corner that gave Newell's their 1-0 lead in the 27th minute.

In midfield both Vangioni and Estigarribia were operating on the left side (though Vangioni often drifted more toward the center.) Raúl Villalba had a fine match as the lone central midfielder, first dealing with Ariel Zárate, and then Ariel Ortega. El Burrito came on for Zárate in the 15th minute, and showed flashes of his former brilliance. For the most part, however, Villalba was up to the task and the aging Ortega looked fairly ordinary.

Up front Federico Falcone made his debut for Newell's senior side. While he has terrorized many a defense playing in reserve matches, in his first match at top level he looked a ways off from a finished product. Still, he did have his moments, and has plenty of time to prove what he can do.

In the 90th minute Fideleff got into a bit of a tangle with Emanuel Gigliotti, and both players were shown red cards. Frankly, I think yellows would have been fair, but what can be done. Nacho now faces at least one game on the sidelines.

Sebastián Peratta
Diego Mateo, Rolando Schiavi, Ignacio Fideleff
Cristian Díaz, Raúl Villalba, Leonel Vangioni, Marcelo Estigarribia
Maximiliano Urruti (Martín Tonso 23')
Mauricio Sperdutti (Lucas Bernardi 73'), Federico Falcone (Claudio Bieler 63')

After the match, Schiavi was interviewed and while the subject of the game just played he was more than willing to answer any question. When they switched to asking about his future he simply stated, if I understood him correctly, that it would be decided after the season was over. When the interviewer pressed him with a further question on that subject Rolando gave him a quick "Chao" and walked away.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very well, but still this new coach needs a lot of work to do in every line, four fechas to finish this very forgetable tournement, seems like and according to some comments all the efforts are to remodel this team for the next season, five players wont sign in for next year, all agreed on those five names, too expensives or unproductives.
we hope this season finish smooth and quickly, however the next macth we face boca jr. hell of a game. lets what happens