Clausura ’08: Round 18 fixtures

The penultimate round of the 2008 Torneo Clausura has arrived. The international break for World Cup qualifiers next weekend means that the final round won’t be played for two weeks, but whilst relegation issues in the Promedio will go right to the wire, the title could be decided this weekend. If River beat Olimpo in El Monumental and Estudiantes drop points against Colón in the Estadio Municipal, Diego Simeone’s Millonarios will take the title for the first time in four long years. That’s about the simplest situation there is, though…

Both the championship contenders are playing against teams still fighting for their lives at the bottom of the relegation standings. If Olimpo can pull off a win against River (and they’ve won their last two, and beat Passarella’s River 4-1 in the Apertura in Bahía Blanca) and Colón don’t beat Estudiantes, the bahienses, who were rock bottom of the Clausura a few weeks ago, will climb right out of the relegation places – either automatic of playoff – for the first time in the season, with one match remaining. Intriguingly, Olimpo’s final game is against Estudiantes. If they’re going to achieve safety, they’ll have to affect the title race somehow or other to manage it.

Boca are still in with an outside shot of the title, but have to hope both River and Estudiantes slip up in their remaining matches, and need to pick up maximum points themselves. If River beat Olimpo, regardless of the Estudiantes result, Boca will start the weekend’s final match away to Lanús knowing the title is out of their reach.

In the race for the Copa Sudamericana, Independiente can confirm their place by beating Vélez – their closest rivals for the spot – on Sunday. If Argentinos avoid defeat against Tigre on Saturday evening, they’ll also be guaranteed participation. Should Vélez beat Independiente, though, they’ll leapfrog them into the final Sudamericana spot in the season-long standings going into the last weekend.

Relegation issues, meanwhile, are a little more interesting. If Racing lose to Huracán meanwhile, and Gimnasia de Jujuy can beat Newell’s in Rosario, the northerners will move onto the same Promedio as Racing, thus dragging the Avellaneda giants even further into the mire – Racing would be just a point in the last match away from automatic relegation.

These are only the clearest of the permutations, so without further ado, the weekend’s fixtures. As ever, kick off times are local, and you’ll need to add four hours for British Summer Time.

Primera División A Torneo Clausura 2008, eighteenth round:
Arsenal de Sarandí vs. Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (Fri, 19:00)
Newell’s Old Boys vs. Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy (Fri, 21:10)
Racing vs. Huracán (Sat, 16:10)
San Martín de San Juan vs. Rosario Central (Sat, 18:20)
Tigre vs. Argentinos Juniors (Sat, 18:20)
San Lorenzo de Almagro vs. Banfield (Sat, 21:10)
Vélez Sársfield vs. Independiente (Sun, 14:10)
Estudiantes de La Plata vs. Colón de Santa Fé (Sun, 16:20)
River Plate vs. Olimpo de Bahía Blanca (Sun, 16:20)
Lanús vs. Boca Juniors (Sun, 18:40)

5 thoughts on “Clausura ’08: Round 18 fixtures

  1. Allow me to just say: YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

    We are saved from automatic relegation!

    San Martín de San Juan are already relegated and we have a 5-point advantage over Gimnasia de Jujuy with only 3 points at stake.

    Now we need Colón and Olimpo to lose tomorrow against the two sides that are fighting for the title (and both Colón and Olimpo play away from home).

    If they both lose, we’ll reach the final week of the season with a chance to avoid even the promoción. I’m not a believer yet, but this win was so HUGE I can’t even start describing it!

    Amazingly, we scored the first goal and our rival didn’t come back to beat us! That’s so extrange!

  2. Well done by Racing. I think if my math is correct, Olimpo need only two points in the last two games to condemn Jujuy even if Jujuy win their last game.

    I have a crazy scenario for you guys…If Olimpo are able to pull off a victory in either of their last two games, Colon lose to Estudiantes and Colon and Racing draw their finale. In this scenario Olimpo finish safe on 1.184, while Racing and Colon both go to the playoffs on 1.175.

  3. Well, RIver are Champions. Two really nice goals from Buonanotte.

    Everything turns toward relegation for the last round.

    -Interestingly if Olimpo lose, then they finish second-bottom and Jujuy go to the promedio.
    -If Olimpo tie, Jujuy must win to escape the direct relegation. -If Olimpo win then Jujuy go down regardless of their own result.
    -Also if Olimpo win and Racing/Colon ends in a tie then Olimpo and Colon would finish even on points and would play a tiebrake.
    -And regardless of the Olimpo result, the winner of Racing/Colon is safe, loser goes to promedio. Also if Olimpo don’t win and Racing/Colon tie, Colon are safe.

  4. A neat little summary, Andrew. (Or at least, as neat as it’s possible to manage given the amazingly complicated nature of the situation!) One small correction – you mean promoción, not promedio.

  5. Congratulations to River and also to Racing, the only team that visited the Monumental and managed to escape with at least a point! hahaha! Talk about being positive!

    Now…it’s win or promoción for Racing in Santa Fé!

    I was disappointed with the way Estudiantes played. I watched the full match and they were horrible in the second half after wasting a million chances in the first 45 minutes.

    Blazquez, Colón goalkeeper was immense today. Hope he doesn’t perform like that in the next round!

    We’ve got to go all out for a win and put an end to our miserable season.

    See, De Tomaso, you know nothing about football. You let go Simeone and he goes on to win 2 titles with 2 different teams in what…two years?

    You are a twat, De Tomaso. I never want to see you again at Racing. I hate you with all my heart.

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