Javier Pinola: “We are fighting in everything with Boca, we are standing out”


Lautaro Toschi

00:38 hs

The captain returned to the starting position after having lost his position to Robert Rojas, this time he played for Paulo Díaz who had been sent off against Huracán and also found himself with an injury. Pinola had a correct game against Arsenal in the 2 to 1 victory, he started playing as a center back but ended up as a side – position he knows – after the departure of Milton Casco due to a muscle injury.

Once the game was over, he said: “We had changed the way we played a bit, we had another way of playing, not so much possession but more direct attack by the players we have. This triumph adds confidence for the games to come”, In relation to the beginning of 2021 when the Biggest faces Boca on January 2 and Palmeiras on January 5 for the semifinal of the Copa Libertadores.

Playing left back against Boca will be a decision of the coach, I am prepared for what he has. There are five days left for the injured to recover and then we will see, hopefully everyone will be available ”, said the captain of the Biggest about the possibility of taking the place of Fabrizio Angileri and Milton Casco, who left injured. But he also referred to the current moment of the two most popular clubs in the country that are fighting Group A of the Championship Zone and also the Copa Libertadores: “We are fighting in everything with Boca, we are standing out, but I try to think only of us. Obviously with respect for the rival but he trusted in our strengths ”.

Pinola did not want to go beyond the next meeting: “It can be a very nice start to the year, but we must not divert the focus of attention to the next game. We know that the classic is very nice both for Argentina and for the whole world “, and also analyzed the rival of the most important tournament in South America: “Palmeiras is a tough opponent, they lost an important player like Felipe Melo. It is a fast team, more than anything from the midfield forwards, but you do not have to get ahead”.


Ignacio Fernández’s goal for River against Arsenal for the Diego Maradona Cup Championship Zone


Lautaro Toschi

22:47 hs

River was completely superior, the possession of the ball was overwhelming in favor of the Biggest but he could not find the goal. Ignacio Fernández entered for Zuculini for the beginning of the second half and in a couple of plays he showed flashes of his quality. At 10 minutes and After a team play worth noting, Matías Suárez finished off but Gagliardo gave a short rebound that River’s 10 capitalized and converted the 1-0 for the Millionaire. It was Nacho’s 31st goal with the Sacred Mantle.

They ran 22 minutes of the complement when Matías Suárez received an excellent pass from Ignacio Fernández and after seeing the forward Arsenal goalkeeper decided to throw it over him. The ball rose and entered the goal defended by Gagliardo. In this way, the Greatest is 2 to 0 and the goal is essential since, given equal points in the group, who will play the final is the team with the best goal difference.

The Biggest receives Arsenal for the third date of the Diego Maradona Cup Championship Zone at the Libertadores de América with the intention of winning to continue leading Group A that he shares with those of Sarandí, Argentinos Juniors, Boca, Independiente and Huracán. The winner of this area will face Group B, which includes Atlético Tucumán, Talleres, San Lorenzo, Banfield, Gimnasia and Colón. This final will be played in the province of San Juan on January 17.

Marcelo Gallardo decided to put the best he has for the beginning of 2021, which will be with transcendental matches as is the superclassic on January 2 at 9:30 p.m. in the Bombonera and the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores against Palmeiras. River forms with: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Robert Rojas, Javier Pinola, Fabrizio Angileri; Bruno Zuculini, Enzo Pérez, Jorge Carrascal, Nicolás De La Cruz; Rafael Santos Borré and Matías Suárez.


Today’s matches, December 14, 2020: schedules and TV channels to watch LIVE Celta de Vigo vs. Cádiz for LaLiga | Champions League draw | Europa League draw | Football LIVE | Peru | Argentina | Colombia | Chile | Ecuador | Mexico

Know the programming of all today’s games, schedules and TV channels, and follow the transmission minute by minute. Do not miss the meeting between Celta de Vigo vs. Cadiz FC for the day 13 of LaLiga Santander. Find out here all the information about Premier League, Serie A, Liga MX and other international competitions.

Schedule of today’s matches, Monday, December 14, 2020: schedule and channel guide

Champions League

6:00 am Champions League round of 16 draw – UEFA TV – ESPN Play

Europa League

7:00 am Round of 32 draw – ESPN Play


3:00 pm Celta de Vigo vs. Cadiz FC

Diego Armando Maradona Cup

3:10 p.m. Rosario Central – TyC Sports

5:20 pm Central Córdoba vs. Godoy Cruz – TyC Sports

7:30 pm Atlético Tucumán vs. Banfield – TyC Sports

LaLiga SmartBank

1:00 p.m. Girona vs. Rayo Vallecano – ESPN Play

Leach Polaca

12:0 m. Lechia Gdansk vs. Wisla Plock


Boca Juniors vs. Arsenal: how, when and where to watch the Diego Maradona Cup match live: date, time and TV channel

Boca Juniors vs. Sarandí Arsenal They will be rivals this Saturday, December 12, for the first date of Group A of the Championship Phase of the Diego Armando Maradona Cup. The meeting will take place in The Bombonera starting at 7:20 p.m. local time and it will be broadcast LIVE and LIVE through TNT Sports.

Boca entered this phase after finishing at the top of Group 4 with 10 points, while Arsenal finished second with seven points in their zone.

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Both teams make up Group A of the contest, along with Argentinos Juniors, Huracán, Independiente and River Plate.

Miguel Ángel Russo’s team comes to this meeting motivated after qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores after defeating Internacional in the penalty shootout.

Thinking about the first leg against Racing, DT Xeneize will have an alternative team for the starting players to get to that Cup match well.

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Day and time: when is the Boca vs. Arsenal?

The Boca match vs. Arsenal for the first date of the Championship Phase of the Diego Armando Maradona Cup will be this Saturday 12 of December at the Alberto J. Armando Stadium (La Bombonera).

Match schedule according to each country:

Argentina: 19:20 hours

Uruguay: 19:20 hours

Chile: 19:20 hours

Brazil: 19:20 hours

Paraguay: 19:20 hours

Peru: 17:20 hours

Colombia: 17:20 hours

Mexico: 16:20 hours

United States: 14:20 PT / 17:20 ET

Transmission: how to watch the match live?

The meeting will be broadcast LIVE and LIVE through TNT Sports.

  • Boca
  • Diego Maradona Cup
  • Professional League Cup


River and Boca will face each other in the Diego Maradona Cup: Huracán, Independiente, Arsenal and Argentinos, the other rivals


Federico del Rio

22:14 hs

This time the Hilton Hotel was the place chosen to raffle the following phases of the Diego Maradona Cup, which will begin to be played this Friday, December 11. The ceremony began a few minutes after Zone 5 was defined, where San Lorenzo had already secured first place and Argentinos ended up occupying second place. With the 12 classified to the Championship Zone – those who will fight for the title – and the other 12 that will go to the Complementation Zone – those who will fight to reach a final to define a place in the South American 2022 – the movement began with the ciboriums.

And finally the balls determined that there will be a superclassic in the new phase of the Diego Maradona Cup because River and Boca will integrate Group A together with Huracán, Independiente, Argentinos and Arsenal. The crossing with the eternal rival will be on date 4, which will be held on January 2 or 3, 2021, in La Bombonera. While the first rival for Marcelo Gallardo’s team will be Argentinos, whom he will face this weekend on the Independiente court. The game will be played on Sunday the 13th, from 7:20 pm. The objective in this phase is to finish first to go to the final -a single match- where the title will be at stake.

The superclassic will be on the fourth date, which will be played on January 2 or 3, 2021. And it will be played in the Bombonera.

In the other group were Atlético Tucumán, San Lorenzo, Talleres, Banfield, Gimnasia and Colón. From there the other finalist will come out to define the champion of the Diego Maradona Cup, who will secure a place in the 2021 Libertadores Cup. In the case of River, that is not an objective because it already has its place assured in the next edition due to its location in the last Argentine Super League.

River’s calendar in the Championship Zone

Date 1 vs. Argentines (L): December 11, 12 or 13, 2020.

Date 2 vs. Hurricane (V): December 18, 19 or 20, 2020.

Date 3 vs. Arsenal (L): December 26 or 27, 2020.

Closes 4 vs. Mouth (V): January 2 or 3, 2021.

Date 5 vs. Independent (L): January 8, 9 or 10, 2021.


What was said on social media about Atlético’s victory against Arsenal

Atlético needed two minutes of inspiration to add their fifth consecutive victory for the “Diego Armando Maradona” Professional League Cup. The “Dean” beat Arsenal de Sarandí 3 to 2 at the Monumental “José Fierro” to continue making noise in a tournament in which he remains the only undefeated. The victory of the Tucumán team did not go unnoticed on social networks.


How to see it live: San Lorenzo plays in the Diego Maradona Cup and European football

The sports action continues for this Monday with a lot of football for all tastes. San Lorenzo appears in the Diego Maradona Cup against Estudiantes. In addition, several games are played in the main leagues in Europe.



Conforming is not in Atlético’s plans

Two days in the life never come at all bad, and less when the leader of the group leaves, undefeated and classified to the next phase of the Professional League Cup, now called “Diego Maradona”. The break was good for Atlético to slow down after an intense run, advance in the recovery of injured players and regain strength for the last pull of the first stage. There are still two games left, that is, six points in dispute, of which only two are enough for the “Dean” to ensure the status of group winner without depending on other results. Therefore, the clash on Monday from 7:20 pm against Arsenal, on May 25 and Chile, could give Atlético the tranquility of playing the last date released from even the slightest pressure.

“We needed that rest. That way we started the week a bit lazy, because we weren’t used to having days off in a row. But we are already focused on preparing for Monday’s game, “he said. Mauro haters, who anticipated a “locked” duel against Sarandí’s men, as was the first leg. “Especially in the midfield”, details the one born in San Pablo, who started all four matches of the tournament.

Just as vicious circles exist, one could also speak of virtuous circles, where good leads to better. Atlético can show the best of its repertoire underpinned by how well it has done things so far, being the highest scoring team and the only one of the 24 that won all its matches. “It serves a lot, emotionally we are well and prepared to play against anyone, but always with our feet on the ground”, warns Osores.

In the first weekly practice that took place in the complex (where they will return to training today and tomorrow from 9 o’clock), the coach Ricardo Zielinski stopped a team similar to the one that has sunk Racing further to the bottom of the table. Apparently, the “Russian” has no intention of taking his foot off the gas until the goal of shielding the first place is fulfilled, so against Arsenal he would bet on the base team. It also takes into consideration that those of the Viaduct have no margin of error: if this afternoon Unión defeats the already eliminated Racing (they open the fifth date from 17.10), Arsenal will be obliged to win in Tucumán so as not to be left out.

Today the swabs will be carried out in the “dean” campus to comply with the requirement to deliver the results 48 hours before the meeting. Starting tomorrow, from 8:00 p.m. the campus will be concentrated in the Hilton hotel.

In recovery

Fabián Monzón continues to recover from the tear he suffered in his left femoral biceps two weeks ago, and it is estimated that he could be available for the match against Unión. For his part, Ramiro Carrera (injury to the right femoral biceps tendon) would have two more weeks of recovery.


Atlético will be part of the tribute that will be paid to Diego Maradona throughout the fifth date of the tournament: on Monday, against Arsenal, all the players will wear the 10 of the Argentine National Team on their way out onto the field. And instead of a minute of silence, there will be a minute of applause.


Racing vs. Unión de Santa Fe for Professional League Cup: time, TV and formations

Racing Club, which has not yet added any points, will be local before Union of Santa Fe, that if he wins, he will have qualified for the Championship zone, in a match to be played in Avellaneda and in which both will act with substitutes, giving priority to the international commitments of next Tuesday, for the fifth date of the Diego Armando Maradona Cup.

The match, through Zone 1, will be played this Saturday at the Presidente Perón stadium, from Racing, from 17.10, with the arbitration of Andrés Merlos and televised by TNT Sports.

In the same area on Monday at 7:20 p.m., Atlético Tucumán, which has already qualified, and Arsenal will play. The Tucuman team is leading with 12 units, Union has seven, Arsenal four and Racing without points.

Racing will protect its starters for the retaliation match against Flamengo of Brazil for the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores, after equaling 1-1 at home, while Unión will play in Santa Fe against Bahia of Brazil, after falling 1-0 away for the eighth of the Copa Sudamericana.

However, Racing, with many youth, the point guard who fell 2-0 in Tucumán, will try to add for the first time in the Maradona Cup, in a contest that saw him play with starters in the first three games.

If Union wins, it will have secured its classification since Arsenal, no matter how much it wins in Tucumán, will not be able to reach it and if it does not triumph it will depend on what happens with the Sarandí team against Atlético.

In Union a starter will play, forward Franco Troyansky, who will not be in revenge against Bahia for reaching the yellow card limit.

Probable formations

Racing Club: Matías Ibáñez; Juan Cáceres, Fernando Prado, Lucas Orban and Sergio Sánchez; Angel Gómez, Patricio Tanda, Tiago Banega and Fabricio Domínguez; Carlos Alcaraz and Leandro Godoy. DT: Sebastán Beccacece.

Union: Marcos Peano, Francisco Gerometta, Pablo Calderón, Matías Nani and Franco Godoy; Sebastián Assis, Leonel Bucca, Fernando Elizari and Kevin Zenón; Luna Diale and Franco Troyansky. DT; Juan Manuel Azconzabal.

  • Referee: Andrés Merlos.
  • Court: Racing Club.
  • Start time: 17.10.
  • TV: TNT Sports.




Agenda: Professional League, European football and London Masters final

A busy Sunday is coming full of definitions. The meetings continue for the Professional League with Students-Aldovisi, Patronato-Gimnasia and San Lorenzo-Argentinos.

As always, European football offers Argentine protagonism. Lautaro Martinez will act in Inter against Torino, which has Cristian Ansaldi, and will play the Fiorentina of former River defenders Germán Pezzella and Lucas Martínez Quarta, against Benevento. Udinese, which has Rodrigo De Paul, will face Genoa. In the Premier League there will be one off the pitch: Marcelo bielsa will lead to Leeds in his interesting meeting with a historical, Arsenal.