This Saturday, the first ever single-match final of South America’s biggest club competition will be played, as holders River Plate take on Brazilian giants Flamengo in Lima’s Estadio Monumental. In this week’s Hand Of Pod – recorded last Thursday, because Sam is away on holiday – Sam and Andrés take you through both sides’ route to the final, and consider what might happen on Saturday afternoon.
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Well, this is quite a way to return from our month-and-a-half-long hiatus. On Saturday, River Plate will host Boca Juniors in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final; the biggest match in the history of Argentine – and probably South American – club football history. In episode 315 of Hand Of Pod, Sam and English Dan look back on the semis and the first leg of the final, before previewing the superclásico to end all superclásicos.
Incidentally, while Sam was away HOP turned eight years old, so thanks to everyone who’s listened to us since we started out!
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In the hundred and ninety-second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by Andrés and Remi to look back on a week which saw Boca Juniors strengthen their position at the top of the league with a backs-to-the-wall win away to Belgrano after San Lorenzo had dropped points against Godoy Cruz. River Plate’s reserves beat Colón, but the main focus of River’s week was Wednesday night’s Copa Libertadores final first leg away to Tigres, from which they took a 0-0 draw. Other topics up for discussion are the relegation battle (which increasingly looks rather an easy one to predict the outcome of) and a large variety of listeners’ questions, ranging from Nueva Chicago’s politicised fanbase to Racing’s chances of defending their title. 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 nineteenth round predictions (last week: 6/15)
Atlético de Rafaela v Aldosivi
Estudiantes v Chicago
Argentinos v Godoy Cruz
Colón v Independiente
Central v Sarmiento
Racing v Belgrano
Boca v Unión
San Lorenzo v Gimnasia
Olimpo v Newell’s
Temperley v Vélez
Crucero v Huracán
Banfield v Arsenal
Tigre v Quilmes
San Martin v Lanús & Defensa y Justicia v River are both postponed.