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May 19, 2014

Soccer-”Little Witch” Veron hangs up broomstick again

BUENOS AIRES, May 18 (Reuters) – Former Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron retired for the second time on Sunday at the age of 39, bowing out with a 2-1 loss for boyhood club Estudiantes but with “no regrets” from a career that yielded silverware across the globe.

Veron came out of retirement last year to play another season in Argentina’s top flight, having already taken a role as a sporting director at the club where his father Juan Ramon was known as ‘La Bruja’ – ‘The Witch’ – for his spellbinding runs on the left wing in the 1960s.

May 19, 2014

Soccer-River Plate seal Argentine title with five-goal rout

BUENOS AIRES, May 19 (Reuters) – Captain Fernando Cavenaghi scored twice as River Plate crushed Quilmes 5-0 to win their 35th Argentine league title at a delirious Monumental on Sunday.

River won the Final championship, the second of two in the season, with a five-point margin over Boca Juniors, Estudiantes and Godoy Cruz in joint second place. San Lorenzo won the season’s first title, the Inicial.

May 19, 2014

River Plate seal Argentine title with five-goal rout

By Rex Gowar

BUENOS AIRES(Reuters) – Captain Fernando Cavenaghi scored twice as River Plate crushed Quilmes 5-0 to win their 35th Argentine league title at a delirious Monumental on Sunday.

River won the Final championship, the second of two in the season, with a five-point margin over Boca Juniors, Estudiantes and Godoy Cruz in joint second place. San Lorenzo won the season’s first title, the Inicial.

May 16, 2014

Soccer-Bolivar oust Lanus to set up San Lorenzo semi-final

BUENOS AIRES, May 15 (Reuters) – Bolivar reached the Libertadores Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1986 with a 1-0 win over Lanus in La Paz on Thursday, setting up a last four encounter against favourites San Lorenzo with a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Uruguay’s Defensor Sporting also qualified, beating 1989 champions Atletico Nacional of Colombia 1-0 in Montevideo in the second leg of their quarter-final for a 3-0 aggregate victory and a semi-final berth against Paraguay’s Nacional.

May 15, 2014

Soccer-Saints oust Cruzeiro, leave Brazil without team in semis

BUENOS AIRES, May 15 (Reuters) – Argentina’s San Lorenzo drew 1-1 at Cruzeiro in the second leg of their Libertadores Cup quarter-final on Wednesday to win 2-1 on aggregate and leave Brazil without a team in the last four.

The Argentine side, down to 10 men for the last 13 minutes, struck through midfielder Ignacio Piatti before conceding a 71st minute equaliser at the Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.

May 13, 2014

Demichelis gets surprise call from Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Central defender Martin Demichelis, a Premier League winner with Manchester City in his first season in England, earned a surprise call-up on Tuesday to Argentina’s provisional 30-man World Cup squad.

However, there was no last-minute surprise place for Juventus striker Carlos Tevez, who has never been in coach Alejandro Sabella’s plans despite his fine form in Serie A. Demichelis, a veteran of the 2010 finals, had not been called up by Sabella since being dropped after a 1-1 draw at home to Bolivia in a South American qualifier in November 2011. The 33-year-old, who has 37 caps, put behind him a poor Champions League last-16 performance against Barcelona in February, when he conceded a penalty and was sent off, to secure his place in the centre of the City defence in the title run-in. Sabella, whose team have often looked unbalanced with a brilliant attack and ordinary rearguard, has noted Demichelis’s recent form as he looks to improve his defence for Argentina’s tilt at a third World Cup triumph in Brazil. Another surprise call-up is Catania midfielder Fabian Rinaudo, who won one of his four caps under Sabella in 2011, and is regarded as cover in case regular midfielders Fernando Gago or Augusto Fernandez fail to recover from injury in time to be included in the definitive squad on June 2. Right back Gabriel Mercado has earned a chance thanks to his performances for River Plate, who can lift the Argentine league title this weekend. Sabella named Gago of Boca Juniors, Fernandez of Celta Vigo and Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria who all hope to be fit in time for the tournament in Brazil starting on June 12 in which Argentina face Iran, Bosnia and Nigeria in Group F. Di Maria is fighting to be fit for Real’s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on May 24.

May 13, 2014

Soccer-Demichelis gets surprise call from Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, May 13 (Reuters) – Central defender Martin Demichelis, a Premier League winner with Manchester City in his first season in England, earned a surprise call-up on Tuesday to Argentina’s provisional 30-man World Cup squad.

However, there was no last-minute surprise place for Juventus striker Carlos Tevez, who has never been in coach Alejandro Sabella’s plans despite his fine form in Serie A.

May 12, 2014

Soccer-River on brink of title after breaking away jinx

BUENOS AIRES, May 12 (Reuters) – Despite the drizzle and slippery pitch at the Diego Armando Maradona ground, it was a perfect Sunday for River Plate who beat Argentinos Juniors 2-0 to take a two-point lead with one match to go in the Argentine Final championship on Sunday.

It was only River’s second away win of the year after the ‘superclasico’ victory over Boca Juniors eight weeks ago but it took full advantage of Gimnasia’s 2-0 defeat at Quilmes after they had started the day equal-top with River.

May 9, 2014

Soccer-Veron and Heinze set to take final bow in front of home fans

BUENOS AIRES, May 9 (Reuters) – Argentina World Cup veterans Juan Sebastian Veron and Gabriel Heinze will make their last league appearances in front of home fans on Sunday (2000 GMT) before retiring.

It could also be a last La Bombonera match for Boca Juniors idol Juan Roman Riquelme, who helped Argentina reach the World Cup quarter-finals in Germany in 2006, against Lanus on Sunday (2115).

Apr 30, 2014

Soccer-Paraguay’s Nacional upset Libertadores favourites Velez

BUENOS AIRES, April 29 (Reuters) – Favourites Velez Sarsfield were dumped out of the Libertadores Cup by unfancied Nacional of Paraguay, who withstood a ferocious late barrage to reach the last eight for the first time on Tuesday.

In a match full of high drama and controversial incidents, a 2-2 draw at Velez’s El Fortin (fortress) sent Nacional into the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate victory following their 1-0 win in the first leg in Asuncion last week.

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