¡San Lorenzo campeón! (Video)

Sunday evening saw the 2013 Torneo Inicial come to a close with two matches which saw the only four teams with chances of the title play each other. Leaders San Lorenzo – who started the day with 32 points – visited Vélez Sarsfield (30), whilst Newell’s Old Boys (30) hosted newly-crowned Copa Sudamericana winners Lanús (30). A win would confirm the title for San Lorenzo, whilst any less opened the possibility of a playoff on Wednesday to decide the championship. In the end, though, Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side made Viggo Mortensen and the Pope very happy men by lifting the trophy, thanks to a 0-0 draw in Liniers and a 2-2 draw in Rosario between Newell’s and Lanús. San Lorenzo become the lowest-points-scoring champions since three points for a win were introduced in Argentina. The goals from Newell’s v Lanús, and the highlights from Vélez v San Lorenzo, are right here.

Vélez Sarsfield 0-0 San Lorenzo

The match itself was a dull 0-0 draw, largely marked by referee Nestor Pitana’s bizarre officiating, but here’s a video of the highlights from the new champions’ Sunday afternoon and evening (with the match as well).

Newell’s 2-2 Lanús

In Liniers, San Lorenzo knew that a draw would leave them facing a title playoff at worst (if one of these two sides won their match). In Rosario, by contrast, both Newell’s and Lanús knew that only a win would leave them with a shot at the title, and after an exciting – but goalless – first half, they set about each other in entertaining fashion in the second. Pablo Pérez gave Newell’s the lead in the 53rd minute, but it lasted just two minutes, with Paolo Goltz equalising shortly after. Newell’s then retook the lead with a Carlos Izquierdoz own goal, before Jorge Pereyra Díaz gave the visitors hope with seventeen minutes left; it was to prove the last goal of the year in the Argentine top flight, though, and these sides’ failure to find a winner handed the title to the Bajo Flores side.

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Sam Kelly is an English football writer based in Buenos Aires, specialising in all things Argentina - the national team and the domestic league - and across South America for When Saturday Comes, ESPNFC, The Blizzard, Howler and the Hong Kong Jockey Club among others. He's also the presenter and producer of Hand Of Pod, the internet's finest - and, it's true, only Argentine football podcast. If you think you can afford him (and you probably can), please feel free to get in touch.
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