Torneo Apertura 2010, round 17 fixtures

For some reason, the seventeenth round of the 2010 Torneo Apertura gets underway in a couple of hours’ time, when Arsenal de Sarandí visit Olimpo in Bahía Blanca. The rest of the games are being played in the normal slots during the weekend. Godoy Cruz will host title-chasing Vélez Sarsfield knowing that just a point would be enough to confirm their participation in next year’s Copa Libertadores – unless Newell’s drop points away to San Lorenzo beforehand, in which case they won’t even need that. Leaders Estudiantes host champions Argentinos Juniors, River visit Colón and Boca Juniors are at home to Quilmes. All the kick off times and referees are right here.

All kick off times are local. Add three hours for Greenwich Mean Time.

Primera División Torneo Apertura 2010, seventeenth round
Club Olimpo vs Arsenal Fútbol Club (Weds, 17:00; refereed by S. Laverni)
All Boys vs Banfield (Fri, 19:10; P. Lunati)
Racing Club vs Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (Fri, 21:15; G. Favale)
Estudiantes de La Plata vs Argentinos Juniors (Sat, 18:10; S. Pezzotta)
Colón vs River Plate (Sat, 20:15; J.P. Pompei)
San Lorenzo de Almagro vs Newell’s Old Boys (Sun, 17:00; A. Toia)
Lanús vs Independiente (Sun, 17:00; M. González)
Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba vs Vélez Sarsfield (Sun, 19:10; D. Abal)
Tigre vs Huracán (Sun, 19:10; P. Loustau)
Boca Juniors vs Quilmes (Sun, 21:15; H. Baldassi)

Matches are being crammed in on Sunday so that no Monday matches are required (though why a couple more games can’t be played on Saturday is beyond me), because the eighteenth round will be played in midweek next week. This means the final round of matches will be played on the weekend of the 12th December, as was originally scheduled before the death of former president Néstor Kirchner caused the programme to be delayed by a week.

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