Football is back: all the friendlies on Saturday

In the midst of an unprecedented heat wave, with temperatures hovering around 40°C in much of the country and particularly in the province of Buenos Aires, including the City, got the ball rolling again!

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Five of the 28 teams that will participate in the next edition of the Professional League Cup, whose first date is scheduled for the weekend of Sunday, February 13, starred this Saturday in a series of friendly preparations in the face of what will be the start of the competition.

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All the technical bodies involved decided to play the games very early, between 8:30 and 9 in the morning, to try to avoid the extreme heat that was felt in the midday hours, when the wind chill climbed to 38.5°/39°C. San Lorenzo and Independiente, on the other hand, will do so at night, starting at 9:00 p.m., at the Uno de Estudiantes stadium, with Fox Sports Premium television.

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Here, the formations and the results:


At the Florencio Sola, behind closed doors, Banfield and Vélez drew 1-1 due to goals from Matías de los Santos, who advanced to the visit with a header at the dawn of the second half but then had the misfortune to put it against his own goal and sentence the equality.

Those led by Flaco Pellegrino had a line of three more midfielders Lucas Pratto, the only striker, who in the complementary part was replaced by the son of the deté, Mateo Pellegrino.

Pratto started in the friendly that Vélez played against Banfield in the South (Courtesy of Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield Press Department).

Pratto started in the friendly that Vélez played against Banfield in the South (Courtesy of Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield Press Department).

BANFIELD: Enrique Bologna; Luciano Abecasis, Luis Maldonado, Luciano Lollo, Ian Escobar; Nicolás Domingo, Giuliano Galoppo, Matías Romero; Juan Pablo Álvarez, Juan Manuel Cruz and Agustín Urzi. DT: Diego Davove.

VELEZ: Carlos Lampe; Damián Fernández, Matías De los Santos, Miguel Brizuela and Francisco Ortega; Agustín Mulet, Nicolás Garayalde; Julián Fernández, Agustín Bouzat, Lucas Janson; Lucas Pratt. DT: Mauricio Pellegrino.

GOALS: ST 5′ De los Santos (V), 17′ De los Santos -e/c- (B).

COURT: Banfield.

INCIDENTS: Two 30-minute halves were played.


Halcones and Matadors met at the Norberto Tomaghello stadium in search of getting ready for the start of the championship. The local team, whose formation was not disclosed at the request of Sebastián Beccacece, won 2-1 thanks to goals from Carlos Rotondi and Agustín Fontana. Tigre’s goal was scored by Cristian Zabala.

Tigre fell 2-1 to Defense and Justice (Courtesy Press Department of Club Atlético Tigre).

Tigre fell 2-1 to Defense and Justice (Courtesy Press Department of Club Atlético Tigre).

DEFENSE AND JUSTICE: The match was played behind closed doors and the formation of the venue was not disclosed at the request of coach Sebastián Beccacece.

TIGER: Manuel Roffo; Lucas Blondel, Facundo Giacopuzzi, Abel Luciatti, Sebastian Prieto; Sebastián Prediger, Lucas Menossi, Cristian Zabala; Ijiel Protti, Facundo Colidio and Pablo Magnín. DT: Diego Martinez.

GOALS: Carlos Rotondi and Agustín Fontana (DYJ); Cristian Zabala (T).

COURT: Defense and Justice.

INCIDENTS: Two 25-minute halves were played.


Very early in the morning they faced each other, at the Argentinos Juniors Professional Soccer Center, the local and Communications, with a 2-1 victory for the team that plays in the First Division of Argentine football.

Gaby Milito’s men took advantage in the 11th minute of the first half through Carabajal’s goal, but ten minutes later Sosa appeared to put the equality that lasted until the second half, when Carabajal, this time from a penalty, scored the 2 -1 definitive.

ARGENTINES: Federico Lanzillotta; Juan Manuel Cabrera, Kevin Mac Allister, Miguel Ángel Torrén, Lucas Villalba, Luciano Gómez; Gabriel Florentin, Fausto Vera, Gabriel Carabajal; Gaston Veron and Thiago Nuss. DT: Gabriel Milito.

COMMUNICATIONS: Julian Kadijevic; Ivo Cabrera, Maximiliano García, Lucas Banegas, Alejandro Gómez; Agustin Cattaneo, Alvaro Lima; Juan Manuel García Pereyra, Jorge Ferrero Jofré, Emiliano Trovento; Serge Sosa. DT: Germán Cavalieri.

GOALS: PT 11′ Carabajal (A) and 21′ Sosa (C); ST 13′ Carabajal -p- (A).

COURT: Professional Football Center (Argentinos Juniors).

INCIDENTS: Two 25-minute halves were played.

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