Uruguay Primera Division: Round 11
By Analia Sordi
Three matches on Saturday at 14:00(EST)
Cerro Largo vs. Nacional
In Nacional, “Morro” Garcia has been replaced by Medina. During the pre-season Nacional Manager, Arruabarrena told Medina he would not have the opportunity to play. Initially not calling him for the pre-season training sent out a clear message Medina would not even be considered by Arruabarrena to be on the bench. This also occurred with “El Loco” Abreu but the difference with Abreu is he decided it would be better to leave and he is currently playing in Argentina at Rosario Central. Medina stayed and was determined to prove himself.
Nacional brought back Santiago “El Morro” Garcia with the expectations for him to the goal-scorer he once was. However, it was evident when El Morro returned to Montevideo he was not in the best shape. Through training it was expected El Morro would return to his full playing ability but up until now he has not played well. Despite his poor performance he was given an opportunity unlike Medina. Finally Arruabarrena has given Medina the roster opportunity of El Morro.
Nacional has played twice in Melo and has not won. In the last fixture in Melo Adrian Romero was playing for Nacional but this Saturday he will be playing for Cerro Largo. Given the history and Nacional performance in the last two fixtures this will be a rough match.
Cerro Largo: Ramiro Bentancur, Raul Etchandia, Marcos Otegui, Alejandro Acosta, Jonathan Souza Motta, Guillermo Moretti, Bruno Silva, Rodrigo Alvez, Enzo Borges, Maximiliano Cantera, Fabricio Nunez
Nacional lineup: Jorge Bava, Pablo Alvarez, Guillermo De los Santos, Benegas, Juan Manuel Diaz, Maximiliano Calzada, Diego Arismendi, Alvaro Fernandez, Ignacio Gonzalez, Juan Cruz Mascia, Ivan Alonso.
Defensor Sporting vs. El Tanque
Last fixture, Defensor played the old leader of the Apertura, Nacional. Defensor surprised everyone with managing to put five behind in the net of Nacional. De Arrascaeta played a great match and the Manager, Tabare Silva has once again given him an opportunity in the starting eleven. El Tanque has now included the Argentine Juan Ignaicio Maracari in the starting eleven.
Defensor lineup: Martín Campana, Emilio Zeballos, Mario Risso, Ramon Arias, Lucas Morales, Andres Fleurquin, Felipe Gedoz, Nicolas Olivera, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Adrian Luna, Ignacio Risso.
Tanque lineup: Alison Nicola Perez, Joaquin Aguirre, Bruno Piano, Carlos Santucho, Bruno Piano, Gaston Martínez, Juan Pablo Fagundez, Andres Aparicio, Guillermo Lopez, Juan Ignacio Marcarie, Alvaro Mello, Santiago Lamanna
Liverpool vs. Juventud
Liverpool has been having a better campaign for the Apertura than Juventud and it is expected they will triumph over Juventud. Like usual Liverpool will put on the same squad on the field. Juventud has made a few changes such as incorporating Matias Soto in the starters but no major changes as Soto has been including in the starting eleven before.
Liverpool lineup: Guillermo De Amores, Agustin Pena, Martin Bonjour, Andres Lamas, Christian Almeida, Gonzalo Sena, Raul Ferro, Jonathan Barboza, Paulo Pezzolano, Facundo Barcelo, Rodrigo Aguirre
Juventud lineup: Martin Gongora, Matias Soto, Darwin Torres, Rodrigo Cabrera, Marcelo Rodriguez, Emiliano Romero, Renzo Pozzi, Jonathan Blanes, Gaston Otreras, Jaime Baez, Jose Maria Franc
Sunday at 715(EST)
River Plate vs. Sud America
River Plate are in second with 22 points as Danubio are in first with 23 points and Nacional just behind with 21 points. River will almost utilize the same squad but like always something comes up and River might need to make a change with Flavio Cordoba feeling some muscular discomfort during the week.
River Plate lineup: Damian Frascarlli, Claudio Herrera, Cristian Gonzalez, Flavio Cordoba, Lucas Olaza, Hamilton Pereira, Gabriel Marques, Martin Alaniz, Cristian Techera, Alexander Rosso, Michael Santos
Sud America lineup: Javier Irazun, Maximiliano Pereiro, Diego Viotti, Rodrigo Mieres, Angelo Paleso, Richard Pellejero, Fernando Pascual, Federico Gallego, Angel Luna, Federico Gallego, Santiago Gonzalez
The rest of the matches on Sunday at 14:00(EST)
Cerro vs. Miramar
Walter Pandiani at the start of the match had a great debut with a goal to get one back for Miramar as they were losing 2-0. However, Pandiani went on to miss a penalty and what would have been a great comeback for Pandiani to Uruguayan football turned into a nightmare as Miramar lost 2-4 to Wanderers.
Cerro: Rodrigo Odriozola, Mitchel Duarte, Pablo Melo, Alejandro Lago, Daniel Leites, Javier Mendez, Juan Ramon Curbelo, Crlos Grossmuller, Matias Abisab, Hector Acuna, Hugo Silveira
Miramar Misiones: Adrian Berbia, Cristian Coleman, Martin Cardozo, Luis Maldonado, Pablo Pallante, Sebastian Perez, Marcelo Broli, Jonathan Rios, Juan Ignacio Guardado, Ignacio Colombini, Federico Fernandez
Penarol vs. Fenix
Penarol continues to struggle and the manager, El Tito continues to make changes. Antonio Pacheco that has been a starter for every game in this year Apertura will be on the bench on Sunday, as Carlos Nunez will be given an opportunity. Not only is Pacheco not in the starting elven but also Gonzalo Viera, Emiliano Albin and Jorge Rodriguez. The replacements are Joe Bizera, Baltasar Silva, and Marcelo Novick. Youth player, Maximilano Gomez demonstrated great potential in the match with Miramar will continue to be a starter.
Penarol lineup: Danilo Lerda, Baltasar Silva , Joe Bizera, Damian Macaluso, Maximilliano Gomez, Sebastian Piriz, Marcelo Novick, Mauro Fernandez, Luis Aguiar, Carlos Nunez, Jonathan Rodriguez
Fenix: Luis Meija, Juan Alvez, Maximiliano Perg, Fabricio Silva, Rodrigo Rojo, Marcos Mansulino, Andres Schettino, Christian Silvera, Maximiliano Perez, Hernan Novick, Nicolas Royon
Racing vs. Danubio
Danubio leads the table with the help of Defensor who defeated Nacional. In this weekend fixture Jesus Trindade will replace Carlos Acosta as Acosta has been having muscular discomfort. Danubio will carryout some test on Acosta on Saturday in the hopes of him being able to play but the chances a very slim. As for Jadson Viera, he continues with muscular problems and Formiliano will continue to be in his place.
Racing: Jorge Contreras, Gonzalo Aguilar, Rodrigo Brasesco, Manuel Fernandez, Enzo Ruis, Carlos Diaz, Ernesto Dudok, Agustin Gutierrez, Jesus Trindade, Cristian Tabo, Luis Gorosito
Danubio: Salvador Ichazo, Hugo Soria, Fabricio Formiliano, Emiliano Velazquez, Pablo Lima, Gonzalo Porras, Pablo Miguez, Camilo Mayada, Ignacio Gonzalez, Jonathan Alvez, Liber Quinones
Wanderers vs. Rentistas
Wanderers had a great game against one of the worst performing teams for this year Apertura, Miramar Misiones. The suspended, German Durate will be replaced by Mauricio Gomez. As for Rentistas, Luciano Barbosa, will not recuperate by Sunday and Ignacio Ithurralde will replace him.
Wanderers: Federico Cristoforo German Duarte, Gaston Bueno, Martin Diaz, Maximiliano Olivera, Santiago Martinez, Matias Santos, Adrian Colombino, Gaston Rodriguez, Rodrigo Pastorini, Sergio Blanco
Rentistas lineup: Guillermo Reyes, Sebastian Ramirez, Ignacio Iturralde, Sebastian Sellanes, Andres Silva, Gabriel Costa, Gonzalo Bazallo, Rodrigo Sebastian Vazquez, Gonzalo Camargo, Danilo Coccaro, Guillermo Maidana