Clausura ’08: Round 18 scores and scorers

With one match remaining of the Torneo Clausura 2008, two issues at least are cleared up: River Plate are champions thanks to two goals from Diego Buonanotte, and San Lorenzo are in the Copa Sudamericana courtesy of a Gonzalo Bergessio hat-trick. Racing’s defeat of Huracán means they won’t be going down automatically, and thanks to the same two results that gave River the title – their own win over Olimpo and Estudiantes’ draw with Colón – La Academia may yet save themselves from the relegation situation altogether when they take on Colón, currently above them by the slimmest of margins, in the final game in two weeks. Boca’s win on Sunday evening takes them above Estudiantes and into second. In Primera B Nacional, meanwhile, right back Cristián Vella’s 94th-minute equaliser for Ben Hur against Unión de Santa Fé means that Godoy Cruz de Mendoza are back in the Primera A next season. They play fellow promotees San Martín de Tucumán on Monday.

Primera División A Torneo Clausura 2008: eighteenth round
Arsenal de Sarandí (L. Leguizamón 45+1) 1 – 0 Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (G. Sanguinetti (manager) OFF 79)
Newell’s Old Boys (S. Salcedo 57, 71) 2 – 2 Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy (M. Quinteros 38; C. Carranza 64)
Racing Club (F. Sava 35; G. Mercado OFF 28 ) 1 – 0 Huracán (F. Nieto OFF 28 )
San Martín de San Juan 0 – 0 Rosario Central
Tigre (M. Galamarini 12) 1 – 0 Argentinos Juniors
San Lorenzo de Almagro (G. Bergessio 17, 24, 73) 3 – 2 Banfield (L. Civelli 38; D. Cvitanich 53; J. Barraza OFF 90+1)
Vélez Sársfield 0 – 0 Independiente
Estudiantes de La Plata 0 – 0 Colón de Santa Fé (A. Mohamed (manager) OFF 86)
River Plate (D. Buonanotte 16, 78 ) 2 – 1 Olimpo de Bahía Blanca (J. Lujambio 65)
Lanús (S. Salomón 14) 1 – 3 Boca Juniors (M. Palermo 45+3, 56; R. Palacio 74)

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