Copa de la Liga returns: Headlines from the opening weekend in Argentina

.@PatrickMahomes 馃 @TeamJuJu

This reception on a 3rd & 13 by JuJu Smith-Schuster picked up 37 yards after the catch – 36 more than expected.

According to @NextGenStats, it’s the 7th-highest YAC over expected in the 2022 #NFL season so far.

#KCvsIND | #ChiefsKingdom

Genius Sports @GeniusSports

Nobody throws a sidearm like @PatrickMahomes and #RomoVision was there to capture it on @NFLonCBS.馃張馃搳

Congrats to our latest partner the @Colts on their 20-17 win yesterday. #KCvsIND

馃幆 It’s been a shaky PL start in defense for TAA, but in passing he ranks:

馃敽 1st – passes through the back line (97)
馃敽 3rd – passes into final third (184)
馃敽 5th – passes leading to shot (20)
馃敽 7th – pressured passes

Is Southgate right not to include him for #ENGGER?

#LFC

Overall, the #Packers rank just 18th for yards gained per pass completion, and Rodgers has 4 throw aways. Brady is 8-34 on +10 yard attempts, and 3-11 on +20 yard attempts for #Buccaneers.

Whether it’s Brady’s O-Line, or Rodgers’ receivers; these QBs have trust issues right now.

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Tua 鉃★笍 Tyreek

This deep middle 48-yard TD pass brought the #Dolphins within one score of the Ravens in Week 2. It’s currently the 2nd-most improbable completion (20.7% chance) so far in the #NFL.

馃惉馃悊

#BUFvsMIA | #FinsUp

Miami Dolphins @MiamiDolphins

Another 馃憖 at @cheetah’s first TD as a 馃惉!

馃摵: Watch #MIAvsBAL on @NFLonCBS

#MiamiDolphins and #BuffaloBills both currently average 6.7 yards per play, tied (also with the Eagles and Chiefs) for 2nd in the #NFL after Week 2.

Buffalo just edges Miami in 1st downs (46-45) and drive-scoring rate (52.4%-47.4%).

Expect a high-scoring game. 鈿★笍

#BUFvsMIA

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The Copa de la Liga returned this weekend and it did not disappoint with great games, goals, upsets and a bit of controversy: business as usual in Argentina!

2021 and 2020 champions face off

In the tie of the round, last years’ Copa de la Liga champions Col贸n faced the 2020 Champions Boca Juniors at a packed-out La Bombonera. The visitors nearly took the lead in the 2nd minute as a Luis Miguel Rodr铆guez header was cleared off the line by Carlos Izquierdoz.

It was a returning hero in Dar铆o Benedetto who headed in Sebasti谩n Villa’s cross on the 23rd minute to give Boca the lead. Benedetto鈥檚 goal was a trademark header and one which his fans had been used to seeing from him in his first spell with the club.

Sebasti谩n Battaglia had the better of the match with 57% possession, but his side were left frustrated as Col贸n levelled the score on the 86th minute from their first corner of the game. Facundo Far铆as鈥檚 corner was flicked on by Rodr铆guez for Lucas Beltr谩n to bundle in to share the points at 1-1.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – FEBRUARY 13: Dario Benedetto of Boca Juniors gets into the pitch before a match between Boca Juniors and Colon as part of Copa Liga Profesional 2022 at Estadio Alberto J. Armando on February 13, 2022 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)
Upset for Champions River

River Plate suffered a big upset as they lost 1-0 to Atl茅tico Uni贸n, despite Marcelo Gallardo鈥檚 side having 74% possession and 628 passes compared to Uni贸n鈥檚 217. Mauro Luna鈥檚 58th minute penalty proved decisive after Franco Armani brought down Juan Ignacio Nardoni in the box.

After the game Gallardo questioned the referee Nestor Petana鈥檚 performance. Manchester City鈥檚 new signing Juli谩n 脕lvarez, who has been loaned back to Los Millonarios until July, failed to make any impact in the game.

False start for Racing聽

Last season鈥檚 runners up Racing Club were held to a 0-0 draw with Gimnasia at the El Cilindro de Avellaneda. The home side failed to capitalise on their 66% possession and 15 shots. La Acadamia forward Javier Marcelo Correa also saw his 27th minute penalty saved by Rodrigo Rey. Mat铆as Rojas came closest to breaking the deadlock as his shot from outside of the box on the 52nd minute flew just past the post.

Gimnasia were not short of their own chances, with eight聽shots on goal. Racing manager Fernando Gago had his goalkeeper to thank late on as Gast贸n G贸mez made two fantastic saves to deny Germ谩n Guiffrey and Johan Carbonero taking all three points for El Lobo.

AVELLANEDA, ARGENTINA – FEBRUARY 13: Edwin Cardona of Racing Club fights for the ball with Oscar Piris of Gimnasia during a match between Racing Club and Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata as part of Copa de la Liga 2022 at Presidente Peron Stadium on February 12, 2022 in Avellaneda, Argentina. (Photo by Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images)
How did the promoted teams fare?聽

Barracus Central suffered a 3-1 defeat to Central Cordoba despite having 60% of the ball. Cordoba took an early lead in just the 4th minute as Renzo Lopez headed in from a corner. It then took until the 84th minute when Abel Arga帽araz doubled their lead with a tap in.

Barracus got one back on the 86th minute from Neri Brandiera before Silvio Alejandro Mart铆nez sealed the victory for the home side in added time with a powerful strike.

Tigre started brightly in their opening game against Godoy Cruz. The newly promoted side took the lead on the 36th minute when Lucas Blondel fired in a half-volley from outside the box.

It was looking likely Tigre would take all three points with Godoy Cruz being reduced to 10-men when El铆as L贸pez was shown a straight red card on the 91st minute. However, despite being a man less Gianluca Cruz managed to find space in the box to slot home the equaliser on the 93rd minute to rescue a point.

Best of the rest聽

Elsewhere in the division there were notable victories for Newell鈥檚 Old Boys, V茅lez Sarsfield and Estudiantes.

Newell鈥檚 beat 10-man Defensa y Justicia thanks to a wonderful headed goal from Francisco Agust铆n Gonz谩lez. Although La Lepra nearly rued not making the most of their 23 shots on goal as Miguel Merentiel missed a great chance to level the score late on.

V茅lez Sarsfield defeated Atl茅tico Aldosivi 2-0 with goals from Luca Orellano and Lucas Janson. Aldosivi defender Nicol谩s Valentini was sent off late on. V茅lez also had two goals ruled out for offside, one being a spectacular overhead-kick from Janson.

Estudiantes took a 2-0 lead over Independiente as Mauro Boselli, Agustin Rogil both scored headed goals. El Rojo then got one back in controversial circumstances as Andr猫s Roa鈥檚 corner which Joaqu铆n Laso scored from did not appear to be on the quadrant when it was taken. However, Los Pincharratas managed to cling on to their lead to claim all 3 points.

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.@PatrickMahomes 馃 @TeamJuJu

This reception on a 3rd & 13 by JuJu Smith-Schuster picked up 37 yards after the catch – 36 more than expected.

According to @NextGenStats, it’s the 7th-highest YAC over expected in the 2022 #NFL season so far.

#KCvsIND | #ChiefsKingdom

Genius Sports @GeniusSports

Nobody throws a sidearm like @PatrickMahomes and #RomoVision was there to capture it on @NFLonCBS.馃張馃搳

Congrats to our latest partner the @Colts on their 20-17 win yesterday. #KCvsIND

馃幆 It’s been a shaky PL start in defense for TAA, but in passing he ranks:

馃敽 1st – passes through the back line (97)
馃敽 3rd – passes into final third (184)
馃敽 5th – passes leading to shot (20)
馃敽 7th – pressured passes

Is Southgate right not to include him for #ENGGER?

#LFC

Overall, the #Packers rank just 18th for yards gained per pass completion, and Rodgers has 4 throw aways. Brady is 8-34 on +10 yard attempts, and 3-11 on +20 yard attempts for #Buccaneers.

Whether it’s Brady’s O-Line, or Rodgers’ receivers; these QBs have trust issues right now.

2

Tua 鉃★笍 Tyreek

This deep middle 48-yard TD pass brought the #Dolphins within one score of the Ravens in Week 2. It’s currently the 2nd-most improbable completion (20.7% chance) so far in the #NFL.

馃惉馃悊

#BUFvsMIA | #FinsUp

Miami Dolphins @MiamiDolphins

Another 馃憖 at @cheetah’s first TD as a 馃惉!

馃摵: Watch #MIAvsBAL on @NFLonCBS

#MiamiDolphins and #BuffaloBills both currently average 6.7 yards per play, tied (also with the Eagles and Chiefs) for 2nd in the #NFL after Week 2.

Buffalo just edges Miami in 1st downs (46-45) and drive-scoring rate (52.4%-47.4%).

Expect a high-scoring game. 鈿★笍

#BUFvsMIA

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