Racing and Independiente will meet again tomorrow and will measure forces in a new Avellaneda classic when they meet at the Presidente Perón stadium, within the framework of the interzonal on date 9 of the Professional League Cup, although the match will have the conditions of the coronavirus outbreaks that affect both schools.
The meeting will be played from 9:00 p.m., with the arbitration of Mauro Vigliano (Juan Pablo Belatti and Diego Verlotta will be his assistants) and the televising of TNT Sports. . The “Academy” comes from suffering a hard defeat at home against Godoy Cruz (2-4) and remains expectant in Zone A, where with 12 points it is one behind guard Banfield, although far from the leader Colón (20).
The party will have the condition of the coronavirus outbreaks that affect both campuses.
As for football, coach Juan Antonio Pizzi will not be able to count on defender Alexis Soto, isolated because his wife has COVID-19, or attacking midfielder Ignacio Piatti and forward Darío Cvitanich, whose swabs tested positive. The cases of Soto and Piatti had set off the alarms in the “Academy”, and a few hours after the game the positive of Cvitanich was known, while the rest of the squad gave negative results.
In this way, with the majority of the footballers available, Pizzi would make four variations in relation to the starting eleven that fell against “Tomba”, a game in which defensive failures were fatal. As could be seen in the practices, Nery Domínguez, Juan Cáceres and Lucas Orban would enter for Leonardo Sigali -injured against Godoy Cruz-, Piatti and Fabricio Domínguez, respectively, while Iván Maggi will be the forward in the absence of Cvitanich.
The “Red”, hit by COVID-19
Independiente, who came from losing as a visitor to Talleres (1-3), has 13 points and is third in Zone B, along with Boca, both six units behind the leader Vélez. After the team passed through Córdoba, there were positive cases of coronavirus, which began with goalkeeper Sebastián Sosa and continued with coach Julio Falcioni.
Then the contagions of the soccer players Lucas Romero, Nicolás Messiniti, Gonzalo Asís, Alan So Señora, Domingo Blanco, Ezequiel Muñoz and the physical trainer Gustavo Otero were confirmed. The same happened with youth players who usually play Reserve matches, such as Federico Rotela, Diego Segovia, Patricio Ostachuk, Thomas Ortega and Renzo Bacchia.
To these casualties was added the defender Ayrton Costa, with a contracture that will leave him out of the match against Racing. In the midst of this dark panorama, the good news for “Rojo” is the return of Silvio Romero, who left the virus behind and will once again start the team, which will be led by Pedro Monzón and Omar Piccoli.
The following are the likely team formations and other details:
Professional League Cup. Interzonal-Date 9. Racing – Independent. Stadium: Presidente Perón (Racing). Referee: Mauro Vigliano. Start time: 21.00 – TV: TNT Sports. Racing: Gabriel Arias; Juan Cáceres, Nery Domínguez, Joaquín Novillo, Lucas Orban, Eugenio Mena; Tomás Chancalay, Kevin Gutiérrez, Leonel Miranda; Iván Maggi and Enzo Copetti. DT: Juan Antonio Pizzi. Independent: Milton Álvarez; Fabricio Bustos, Sergio Barreto, Juan Insaurralde, Lucas Rodríguez, Gastón Togni; Adrián Arregui, Lucas González; Sebastián Palacios, Silvio Romero and Jonathan Menéndez. DT: Pedro Monzón and Omar Piccoli. NG / DP / KDV / AT / OM NA