The destination of the 2008 Torneo Apertura title probably won’t be decided today – that would require only one of the top three to win – but those who aren’t able to watch any of the matches can follow it here. I won’t be doing live match reports (if you’re wondering why, you try watching four matches at the same time and describing what’s going on), but open this article, then refresh the page every five minutes or so and you can keep up to date with who’s currently top, and the current scores.
PLAYOFF REQUIRED! Final standings: San Lorenzo, Boca and Tigre on 39 points; Lanús 37
Boca Juniors (L. Figueroa 9, 27; J. R. Riquelme 13) 3 – 2 Colón de Santa Fe (N. Torres 42; L. Valdemarín 53) – FULL TIME
Argentinos Juniors 0 – 1 San Lorenzo de Almagro (G. Bergessio 7) – FULL TIME
Tigre (M. Morel 39) 1 – 0 Banfield – FULL TIME
Lanús (E. Ledesma 85) 1 – 0 San Martín de Tucumán – FULL TIME
At half time, any fears that Argentinos were being paid by San Lorenzo to throw the match seem to be unfounded (if they are trying to lose they should probably stop forcing saves from Agustín Orión), but they’re losing anyway thanks to an early header from Gonzalo Bergessio, who later missed a very good chance, rolling it narrowly past the post.
In La Bombonera, Colón spent the opening forty minute doing a passable impersonation of eleven men who’d first met each other on the coach journey down from Santa Fe, and had only been on the journey to watch their heroes in the navy and gold. Boca led 3-0 after half an hour and were cruising, but Ramón Ramírez got one back shortly before half time from the edge of the box and El Sabalero started to perk up a bit thereafter.
In Victoria Tigre were made to wait but Martín Morel eventually got the goal they needed to join in the party and keep the other two sides sweating. Lanús can’t yet find a way past San Martín, but if any of the other results stay the way they are the break, that won’t make a difference to the title.
A three-way playoff it is, then. Boca hung on and could have had a fourth at the end, with some better finishing. After being made to wait for the result, San Lorenzo and Tigre now know that the playoff will pit them against Boca over three matches. A proper report will follow in a separate article.