Sunday’s Torneo Final matches began with the clásico de Avellaneda, in which Independiente scored very early to take the lead against Racing, and doubled their advantage in stoppage time. Late goals were the feature of the day; Rafaela’s late goal was no more than a consolation as they fell 2-1 at home to Godoy Cruz, but Belgrano got a late winner against Colón to win by the same scoreline at home, and then came River Plate v Tigre; 1-0 to the visitors with five minutes to go, it ended 3-2 to River after two goals from Carlos Luna against his old club, one from Juan Manuel Iturbe (his first for River) and a penalty awarded to Tigre which was literally the last kick of the game. All twelve of the day’s goals are right here.
Independiente 2 – 0 Racing
Although Racing have been far better over the last year, their record in competitive clásicos in recent seasons is woeful, the 2-0 win of six months ago notwithstanding. Leonel Miranda fired Independiente into the lead just two minutes into this one, and Racing never reacted; they didn’t seem to care about the game at any point. Three minutes into stoppage time, Juan Caicedo got free down the right and pulled the ball back for Jonathan Santana to double the lead and confirm a deserved win for El Rojo, who as a result pull out of the relegation zone.
Rafaela 1 – 2 Godoy Cruz
Martín Palermo’s first full championship as manager continues its impressive start; Godoy have won two and drawn one of his first three games in charge in 2013, and this victory against Rafaela – who are normally impressive at home and began the year with a 3-0 demolition of Racing – was well deserved. Both Godoy’s goals came from set pieces; Leandro Grimi with a freakish free kick in the 17th minute, and Mauro Óbolo just minutes later from the penalty spot. Diego Vera got one back for Rafaela in the 90th minute, but it was too little too late.
Belgrano 2 – 1 Colón
César ’Picante‘ Pereyra gave Belgrano the lead in this one, about five minutes before the break. Although Emanuel Gigliotti nipped in to equalise for Colón eleven minutes into the second half, the visitors’ poor away form continued as Belgrano piled it on towards the end, and got their reward through a late stunner from Martín Zapata to win the match.
River 3 – 2 Tigre
This one was, frankly, a bit silly. River had the better of the first half but didn’t manage to create any really clear-cut chances, and the pattern continued in the second half until Tigre went up the other end and Alejandro Donatti opened the scoring with a quite brilliant mid-air side-footed volley. River kept their chins up and kept attacking, but Tigre seemed to be heading for the win until with five minutes left of the ninety, their former striker Carlos Luna popped up to equalise – and then, just a minute later, put River in front. In stoppage time Juan Manuel Iturbe made it 3-1, only for Jonathan Bottinelli to concede a penalty for hand ball, which Martín Pérez García converted; referee Pablo Lunati immediately blew for full time.