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Superclasico Time

Written By Justin on Friday, May 2, 2008 | 1:03:00 PM

With the Champions League Semifinals presenting little in the way of goalkeeping drama - all four keepers had some good and less good moments, but nothing that defined or determined the outcomes - let's preview Sunday's titanic clash in Buenos Aires between River Plate and Boca Juniors. The last time they met in la Bombonera, River keeper Juan Pablo Carrizo was the hero, earning los Millonarios a draw with a handful of fantastic saves (and landing himself on newspaper covers). River then beat Boca in the Monumental Stadium in the Apetura, and have not lost a Superclasico since Carrizo took over from German Lux. This is the first Superclasico with genuine title implications for both sides in several years.

At the other end of the pitch will be Mauricio Caranta, quietly establishing a reputation as one of South America's best keepers. Perhaps not quite as commanding on crosses or as adept with his feet as Carrizo, he's an equally good shot stopper, and Boca might well be out of the title race entirely (they trail Estudiantes and River by 4 points) if not for his heroics, particularly away from home. Caranta, who already has a Copa Libertadores winner's medal in his short time as Boca number one, has been an enormous upgrade from the shaky Aldo Bobadilla.

Check back Monday for a full match recap and video hilights. Vamos River!