The Torneo Apertura 2008 ends this weekend, and whatever happens now, it’s been a good one. All of the matches featuring title contenders – and also, for some reason, Independiente vs. Arsenal – are taking place at the same time on Sunday. Friday sees a key relegation clash in Rosario, whilst the meaningless matches are on Saturday. Godoy Cruz and Rosario Central close out the season (playoffs notwithstanding) on Sunday evening, somewhat after the Lord Mayor’s Show. Who’ll be paying that one any attention?
All kick off times are local. Add two hours to get Greenwich Mean Time, apart from the matches in Jujuy and Mendoza, which are a further hour behind (so add three for GMT).
Primera División A Torneo Apertura 2008, nineteenth round:
Newell’s Old Boys vs. Racing Club (Fri, 21:15)
Huracán vs. Vélez Sársfield (Sat, 17:10)
Estudiantes de La Plata vs. River Plate (Sat, 19:40)
Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy vs. Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (Sat, 20:30)
Tigre vs. Banfield (Sun, 17:20)
Boca Juniors vs. Colón de Santa Fe (Sun, 17:20)
Lanús vs. San Martín de Tucumán (Sun, 17:20)
Independiente vs. Arsenal Fútbol Club (Sun, 17:20)
Argentinos Juniors vs. San Lorenzo de Almagro (Sun, 17:20)
Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba vs. Rosario Central (Sun, 18:40)
As mentioned on the ‘Tables’ page, if two or more teams finish level on points at the top of the the table, a playoff will be used to separate them. The matches featuring the contenders are highlighted above in brown. Tigre, Boca and San Lorenzo are all level. If any of those sides wins, and the other two fail to do so, the winning team will be champions. If two or all three of them win, or draw (without the other winning), they’ll play off to decide the title. Lanús are two points back on the others, so if they win and the others all lose, they’ll win the title. More likely, if Lanús win and at least one of the others draw (but none win), they’ll go into the playoffs.