Hurricaneone of the entertainers of the last tournament 2022 visit this friday at Defense and Justice in one of the two matches that will open the new season of the Lega Professionisti. It will be from 9.30 pm at the Norberto “Tito” Tomaghello stadium of Florencio Varela, with arbitration by Sebastian Zunino and television of TNT Sports.
These are two teams that have qualified for the Copa Sudamericana and will make their debut next week in the Copa Argentina: Defensa against Ituzaingó and Huracán against Yupanqui.
The “Halcón” finished 2022 strong with nine games without losing and entered the 2023 Copa Sudamericana.
Of that unbeaten run, the last seven games have been led by Julio Vaccari, who came on as a substitute following the early departure of Sebastián Beccacece.
For its part, “Globo” celebrated until the end of the last tournament and finished in fourth place with 47 points, five behind the champion Boca Juniors.
Diego Dabove’s team, who signed his continuity until the end of the year, however suffered a heavy defeat against the relegated Patronato in the last appointment, could not qualify directly for the Copa Libertadores and will have to play the previous phase.
Florencio Varela’s club kept the basis of the team used in the second half of 2022, except for the loss of promising central defender Adonis Frías, who transferred to Mexican football.
In terms of registrations, the Defense added a total of ten new faces: goalkeeper Enrique Bologna, defender Santiago Ramos Mingo (ex Boca and Barcelona B), Agustín Sant’Anna (Uruguayan right-back), Leandro Espejo (forward, ex Talleres), Julián Malatini (on loan from ‘T’) and Gonzalo González (Sarmiento de Chaco winger).
In addition to David Barbona (former Racing and Mexican football), Darío Cáceres Ovelar (left full-back of Lanús), Rodrigo Bogarín (Paraguayan midfielder, former Libertad) and Santiago Solari (former Ginnastica Mendoza and brother of Pablo, player of River).
Huracán also had important movements in the squad as they lost Franco Cristaldo, their scorer and second scorer from last season with 14 goals, who went to Gremio from Brazil to team up with Uruguayan Luis Suárez.
In attack he also suffered defeats from Benjamín Garré (he moved to Russian football) and Rodrigo Cabral (on loan to Argentinos Juniors) but managed to keep defensive pillars such as Fernando Tobio, Federico Fattori and the Chilean Guillermo Soto.
For non-football reasons, he will not be able to count on left-back Walter Pérez, who was sentenced to prison at the end of November for a case of sexual abuse.
Captain Lucas Merolla, wanted by Boca Juniors and with a contract until June, will start as owner and will be taken into consideration by Dabove, but his future is still unknown.
The seniors were Lucas Castro and Gastón Sauro, both from Sarmiento de Junín; the right side Fernando Torrent, from the last pass through Rosario Central; Valentín Burgoa, led by Dabove to Godoy Cruz and defender Joaquín Novillo, on loan from Belgrano.
Defense and Justice: Ezequiel Unsain; Nicolás Tripichio, Nazareno Colombo, Tomás Cardona and Alexis Soto; Julián López and Kevin Gutierrez; Gabriel Alanis, Tomás Escalante or David Barbona, Gastón Togni; and Nicolas Fernández. DT: Giulio Vaccari.
Hurricane: Lucas Chaves; Guillermo Soto, Fernando Tobio, Lucas Merolla and Lucas Carrizo; Gabriel Gudiño, Santiago Hezze, Federico Fattori and Juan Gauto or Jonás Acevedo; Matías Cóccaro and Nicolás Cordero. DT: Diego Dabove.
Stadium: Norberto Tomaghello
Referee: Sebastiano Zunino
VAR: Fernando Échenique
TV: TNT Sports.
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