Episode 318: River lift the Libertadores, and Racing take a healthy lead into the summer

In the three hundred and eighteenth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Tony, Andrés and English Dan meet to review what turned out – for all the controversy and sadness surrounding the match – to be an entertaining Copa Libertadores final second leg, which culminated in River Plate being crowned champions of South America for the fourth time after beating Boca Juniors in extra time. We also review the final weekend of Superliga action of 2018, which sees Racing very much in the driving seat as the teams head into the summer break.

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Episode 316: The River v Boca Copa Libertadores fiasco

It’s not often HOP gets to talk about genuinely the biggest story in world sport of the last week. In episode 316, Sam, Andrés and podcast newcomer Chris take you through the timeline, fallout, mistakes and conspiracy theories surrounding the postponement of the Copa Libertadores final second leg between River Plate and Boca Juniors. We also talk a bit about the Argentine Superliga, to lighten the mood.

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Episode 315: The superclásico Copa Libertadores final preview

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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Episode 313: Reviewing the superclásico, and more wins for Racing and Aldosivi

In episode three hundred and thirteen of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by Andrés and English Dan to discuss River Plate’s 2-0 win over Boca Juniors in Sunday’s superclásico, as well as yet another win for Racing, who remain top of the league, and more success for Aldosivi, who are enjoying a fine start to life back in the top flight.

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Last week, Mystic WaywardfromHayward thrashed Mystic Sam, 7-4. This week, two listeners sent predictions in, so they’re playing each other, and Mystic Sam is taking the week off. They’ve largely duplicated each others’ picks, so this might not be a thrilling matchup. As Liam says, by the way, Rosario Central v San Martín de San Juan is postponed.

Mystic Lee
Independiente v Tigre
Lanús v River
San Lorenzo v Atlético Tucumán
Central P-P San Martín (SJ)
Estudiantes v Newell’s
Argentinos v Racing
Patronato v Talleres
Unión v Gimnasia
Belgrano v Huracán
Boca v Colón
Godoy Cruz v Defensa y Justicia
Vélez v Aldosivi
San Martín (T) v Banfield

Mystic Liam
Independiente v Tigre
Lanús v River
San Lorenzo v Atlético Tucumán
Central P-P San Martín (SJ)
Estudiantes v Newell’s
Argentinos v Racing
Patronato v Talleres
Unión v Gimnasia
Belgrano v Huracán
Boca v Colón
Godoy Cruz v Defensa y Justicia
Vélez v Aldosivi
San Martín (T) v Banfield

Episode 312: Copa Libertadores quarter-finals and a Boca v River preview

The three hundred and twelfth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Tony come together for a bumper episode, discussing the role of the VAR and all the others ins and outs of the first legs of the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals (the three involving Argentine clubs, anyway), and previewing Sunday’s titanic clash in the Bombonera between Boca Juniors and River Plate.

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This week’s predict-off challenger is Mystic WaywardfromHayward.

Mystic Wayward
San Lorenzo v Patronato
Colón v Godoy Cruz
Newell’s v Lanús
Talleres v Vélez
Defensa y Justicia v Estudiantes
Banfield v Independiente
San Martín de Tucumán v Argentinos
Tigre v Huracán
Gimnasia v Central
San Martín de San Juan v Atlético Tucumán
Boca v River
Aldosivi v Belgrano
Racing v Unión

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

Episode 285: River shock Boca to win the Supercopa (that almost rhymes …)

The two hundred and eighty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés look back over a weekend of Superliga action that, erm, neither of them managed to catch an awful lot of. Among the bits they did see were last minute wins for Boca Juniors and River Plate, and an entertaining game between Independiente and Argentinos Juniors which saw El Rojo cement third place in the Superliga. There’s also discussion of Wednesday night’s Supercopa Argentina, which saw River turn in their best performance of the last six months or so to spring a surprise, beating Boca 2-0 to lift the trophy. The prize itself isn’t of huge importance, of course, but the repercussions for both clubs’ seasons could be – most notably, could this be the springboard for a revival in River’s fortunes?

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Last week, Mystic Sam beat Mystic Liam 10-6. This time out, Mystic Nate steps up to take a beating (yes, Sam’s getting cocky …)

Mystic Nate
Central v Chacarita
Colón v Lanús
Argentinos v Newell’s
Temperley v Huracán
San Martín v Gimnasia
Talleres v Defensa y Justicia
Racing v Patronato
Arsenal v Vélez
River v Belgrano
Atl. Tucumán v Boca
Banfield v Unión
Tigre v Independiente

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

Episode 271: Lanús qualify for their first Libertadores final, and previewing River v Boca

In episode 271 of Hand Of Pod, Sam and English Dan have an afternoon conversation about two big continental ties: the all-Argentine Copa Libertadores semi-final which saw Lanús come back from 3-0 down on aggregate to beat River Plate 4-3 and advance to the first Libertadores final in the club’s history, and Racing’s Copa Sudamericana exit at the hands of Paraguayan giants Libertad, which it’s fair to say was somewhat less thrilling. Independiente should keep the Argentine flag flying (their Copa Sudamericana quarter-final second leg was going to plan as this episode was uploaded), and Boca Juniors extended their lead in the Superliga, winning as River and Lanús (who both fielded reserve sides) both lost; they’re now six points clear of second-placed San Lorenzo, ahead of this weekend’s visit to River Plate, which we of course preview.

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Last week, Mystic Sam beat Mystic Gav 7-4 in the predict-off. This week, no-one volunteered and Sam forgot to tweet a challenge out, so here are Mystic Sam’s eighth round predictions on their own.

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