Episode 178: San Lorenzo go top, a new history bit and is Federico Mancuello better than Harry Kane?

The hundred and seventy-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod is a whopper, but with off-pitch trouble, plenty of goals in a week when the league leadership changed hands, Daniel Osvaldo’s on-pitch trolling, two national team friendlies and a new regular Argentine football history section to include, how could it be any other way? We discuss San Lorenzo’s thrashing of Lanús and River Plate’s last-gasp win over Gimnasia, as well as Boca’s canter against Estudiantes, before changing our focus to Argentina’s recent friendly victories over the Isle of Man – sorry, I mean, El Salvador – and Ecuador, in the first of which Federico Mancuello did a Harry Kane by coming on as a second half substitute and scoring shortly after. The subject of our first history section is a man who would have turned 100 years old on Monday – Arsenio Erico, the Paraguayan who is the all-time top goalscorer in the history of Argentina’s Primera División. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s eighth round predictions (last week: 2/14)
Sarmiento v Belgrano
Estudiantes v Racing
Vélez v Arsenal
Atlético de Rafaela v Temperley
DyJ v Central
Independiente v Gimnasia
Aldosivi v Godoy Cruz
Lanús v Argentinos
Colón v Olimpo
Quilmes v Crucero del Norte
River v San Lorenzo
San Martín v Tigre
Huracán v Boca
Chicago v Banfield
Newell’s v Unión

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