The four – yes, four – matches involving championship contenders on the final weekend of the Torneo Apertura 2008 will all be played simultaneously, on Sunday afternoon. The AFA announced on Tuesday that the games would kick off at 5:20pm, bringing them forward almost two hours for security reasons. It’ll be an interesting afternoon for anyone making their way around Buenos Aires…
Boca Juniors will play Colón de Santa Fe in La Bombonera, with Saúl Laverni – who caused controversy earlier in the season by using the term ‘Bolivians’ to abuse Gimnasia de Jujuy players – refereeing. Javier Collado will take charge of Tigre vs. Banfield in El Monumental de Victoria. In the Estadio Diego A. Maradona, Argentinos Juniors vs. San Lorenzo will be overseen by Gustavo Bassi, and Lanús, who go into the last round two points behind the pack, will host San Martín de Tucumán under the beady eye of Sergio Pezzotta.
If the championship isn’t decided this weekend – that is, if two or more teams finish level on points (goal difference and other next resorts aren’t used in the even of a tie at the top) – a ‘mini championship’ will be played on the 17th, 20th and 23rd of this month, with the fixtures being decided by a meeting of officials from the clubs involved at 9pm on Sunday at the AFA’s headquarters. The matches will be held in neutral venues.
In the event of only two teams being tied, the final will be played on Wednesday of next week.
San Lorenzo have already requested that if they’re involved, they’d like the matches to be played at El Monumental (home to River Plate) or the José Amalfitani (Vélez Sársfield). If the other sides don’t agree to those venues, the AFA are likely to propose El Cilindro (Racing) and the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata (the municipal ground where Estudiantes currently play their home matches).
For the rest of the weekend’s fixtures and kick off times, as usual you can check back on this site on Friday afternoon.