Episode 344: Qatar are beaten – next stop Venezuela

In the three hundred and forty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and English Dan review an improved but still far from perfect Argentina performance to beat Qatar 2-0 and advance to the quarter-finals of the Copa América, where they’ll face Venezuela in the Maracanã on Friday. What’s going right? What’s still going wrong (or looking like it might at any moment)? Step this way to find out.

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Episode 99: Independiente’s struggles, lower division structures, River’s return to form and more

In the ninety-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and English Dan are joined by Santiago, the Arsenal de Sarandí fan, to discuss the big moves up and down the table(s) after last weekend’s results in the Torneo Final. Biggest of all was Independiente’s defeat to All Boys, which leaves them seriously compromised in the relegation table, needing some improbable point totals to now stay in the Primera. River Plate finally won a clásico – their first competitive win in one since returning to the Primera – 2-0 away to Racing, and we discuss that, and Manu Lanzini’s fine showing, among a lot more. We talk about the structure of Argentina’s lower divisions, the promotion races in the second and third tiers, and answer a lot of listeners’ questions.

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