Belgrano and Talleres, the two Cordovan soccer giants, are hosting a new version of the classic this afternoon for the 17th date of the Professional Soccer League led by River Plate. The classic is played at the Gigante stadium in Barrio Alberdi, refereed by Fernando Rapallini and televised by TNT Sports.
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The Pirata public was in charge of filling the pitch to its full capacity and for several weeks they prepared an impressive reception. Light blue flares, flags, people hanging from the wire and a deafening chant were the seasoning of the fans to try to intimidate their lifelong rival. Due to poor visibility, the start of the match had to be postponed for a few minutes and thus start in optimal conditions.
However, the visit began better collectively and behind the figure of Rodrigo Garro the Belgrano goal disturbed with several mid-distance shots. On the other side, those led by Guillermo Farré bet on set pieces but the closed centers were captured with great security by the goalkeeper and captain Guido Herrera.
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At 26 minutes into the first half, when imprecision dominated the classic, Ramón Sosa faced inside the area and was brought down by a Belgrano footballer. Fernando Rapallini did not hesitate for a second, the VAR supported the referee’s decision and Michael Santos positioned himself as the person responsible. The Uruguayan forward opened his foot and Nahuel Losada guessed the intention to keep zero on the scoreboard. The goalkeeper earned the total ovation of the entire stadium and celebrated by pointing to the substitute bench in reference to the study of kickers that they carried out during the week.
* Nahuel Losada saved a penalty from Michael Santos
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The moment leaned towards the light blue dresses and at 31′ Ibrahim Hesar had a one-on-one with Herrera but the goalkeeper triumphed again with a quick bailout. The match fell back into a plateau, the aerial balls that fell in both areas were poorly resolved and the confrontation slowly withdrew at halftime.
But the last word before the break could only have one name and it was Pablo Vegetti. The forward was unmarked in a corner kick, from the inside edge he anticipated all the Talleres defenders and left Herrera immobile who could only watch as the ball entered his goal. Madness broke out in Barrio Alberdi and El Pirata struck at the best possible moment to face the second part with another approach.
* The impressive reception from the Belgrano public
El Pirata is having a very good campaign on his return to the first division, with 27 points, and is trying to recover after losing to Boca at La Bombonera last date 2-0. The light blue team assumes the classic decimated by important casualties, all due to muscle injuries: Ariel Rojas, Erik Godoy and Mariano Miño, while Matías García is still absent due to a tear and will only be available in 10 days.
La T, for its part, is one of the great cheerleaders of the domestic tournament and with 30 points closely follows River (37), whom it beat last Sunday 2-1 with two goals from Rodrigo Garro, one of its main figures. The coach Javier Gandolfi is much clearer because the victory and the great performance of the team against the Millionaire makes him repeat the formation against the Pirate.
In the press conference prior to the match, Pablo Vegetti and Guido Herrera were present to defend their respective shirts. “I think it takes on this importance because it hadn’t been played officially for a long time. So you can have more expectation. And at the moment that the two clubs are going through, we have been having a great tournament and that generates greater expectations ”, admitted the sky-blue striker.
“A lot has to do with the present of the two teams. Being a classic it will always have that special seasoning. Both teams have top players, they are doing things well. But they are always different games”, commented the goalkeeper of the T. One of the top scorers of the championship sentenced with a deep analysis: “It is not another game, it never will be. But we have to try not to waste previous energy, because we need it in the game. And you have to enjoy it too, because it’s something historic to be in such a transcendental game. The classics are won, the classics are not lost. And if you can win a quarter to nil, it’s great”.
As for the history of the people from Cordoba in the First Division, it is 22 games and is equal with five wins for each and 12 draws, being the last time they played four years ago for the Super League in the 2018/2019 season. On that occasion, Talleres was a local at the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium and flourished with a 3-0 thanks to goals scored by Juan Ramírez, from a penalty kick, and Nahuel Bustos, on two occasions.
Belgrano: Nahuel Losada; John Barinaga, Alexander Rebola, Gabriel Compagnucci, Matthias Ibacache; Ulysses Sanchez, James Long, Nicholas Merian, Ibrahim Hesar; Bruno Zapelli, Paul Vegetti. DT: William Farrer.
Workshops: Guido Herrera; Gastón Benavídez, Matías Catalán, Lucas Suárez, Juan Carlos Portillo; Rodrigo Villagra, Ulises Ortegoza; Diego Valoyes, Rodrigo Garro, Ramón Sosa; Michael Santos. DT: Javier Gandolfi.
Stadium: Julio Cesar Villagra
Referee: Fernando Rapallini
TV: TNT Sports
With information from Telam.
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