Episode 277: Independiente win the Sudamericana, Boca end the year top of the table

The final episode of Hand Of Pod in 2017 brings together Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Peter to discuss Independiente’s entertaining run to the Copa Sudamericana title, after they beat Flamengo 4-2 on aggregate in an enthralling final which saw its second leg in the Maracanã on Wednesday night. Why they deserved the title, and how Ariel Holan has turned the team around are among the topics for discussion. Will Holan stay? How good is Ezequiel Barco? These questions are also considered. We also have a look at the Superliga weekend which saw Rosario Central beat Newell’s Old Boys in the clásico rosarino, and Boca Juniors claim a win which ensures they end 2017 top of the league. Oh, and River Plate won the Copa Argentina! It’s a lot to cover, and this is an extended episode as a result. Enjoy.

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Episode 276: Boca keep their noses ahead, and two upcoming cup finals

The two hundred and seventy-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Andrés join Sam to look back on a weekend of Superliga action which saw yet another disappointing showing from River Plate, while Atlético Tucumán got an encouraging win ahead of their trip to Mendoza to play River in the Copa Argentina final on Saturday. Boca Juniors got back to winning way to keep their noses in front of San Lorenzo in the title race, and Defensa y Justicia won a five-goal thriller against Godoy Cruz. As well as all this, we’ve another continental final to look forward to, with Independiente preparing to take on Flamengo in the Copa Sudamericana showpiece, whose first leg is in Avellaneda on Wednesday night.

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Mystic Sam lost 7-4 in last week’s prediction battle against Phil. This week, Youssef is back.

Mystic Youssef
Temperley v Tigre
Patronato v Olimpo
Belgrano v Huracán
Banfield v Argentinos
Arsenal v Independiente
Central v Newell’s
Colón v Talleres
Racing v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Boca
San Martín v Defensa y Justicia
Chacarita v Lanús

Mystic Sam
Temperley v Tigre
Patronato v Olimpo
Belgrano v Huracán
Banfield v Argentinos
Arsenal v Independiente
Central v Newell’s
Colón v Talleres
Racing v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Boca
San Martín v Defensa y Justicia
Chacarita v Lanús

Episode 275: Libertadores heartbreak for Lanús, with a very special guest

The two hundred and seventy-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and English Dan joined by a very special guest, because Phil Carney – author of the Lanús in English Twitter account – has flown down to Buenos Aires all the way from Manchester for a few days. Unfortunately his first visit to the city wasn’t enough to help Lanús to their first Copa Libertadores title, as they were totally outplayed by Grêmio in Wednesday night’s final second leg; we review that match, and Lanús’ run in the tournament, as well as last weekend’s Superliga matches. A second straight defeat for Boca Juniors and a good run for San Lorenzo means we have a title race, all of a sudden (they’re now tied on points, though Boca have a game in hand, after San Lorenzo wrapped up a victory shortly after we finished recording). And there’s praise for Independiente, who not only beat Racing in the clásico with a reserve team but also advanced to the Copa Sudamericana final in a thrilling second leg on Tuesday night.

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Last week, Mystic Sam again lost to Youssef, 7-4 (with both of us forgetting to predict Estudiantes v Atlético Tucumán, for some reason). This week, Sam takes on Phil – having a real-life listener here in the studio was too good an opportunity to pass up!

Mystic Phil
Unión v Belgrano
Defensa y Justicia v Godoy Cruz
Huracán v Patronato
Argentinos v Temperley
Olimpo v Chacarita
Independiente v Central
Newell’s v Racing
Talleres v Estudiantes
Tigre v San Lorenzo
Boca v Arsenal
Gimnasia v River
Lanús v Vélez
Atlético Tucumán v Colón
San Martín v Banfield

Mystic Sam
Unión v Belgrano
Defensa y Justicia v Godoy Cruz
Huracán v Patronato
Argentinos v Temperley
Olimpo v Chacarita
Independiente v Central
Newell’s v Racing
Talleres v Estudiantes
Tigre v San Lorenzo
Boca v Arsenal
Gimnasia v River
Lanús v Vélez
Atlético Tucumán v Colón
San Martín v Banfield