Clausura: Godoy Cruz come from two down to beat Racing (video)

The eighteenth and penultimate round of the 2011 Torneo Clausura ended on Monday night with Racing storming into a 2-0 lead courtesy of two goals from the Clausura’s new top goalscorer Teófilo Gutiérrez (his first came after just 43 seconds), but Godoy Cruz overturning them to win 3-2 with a last-gasp penalty from Mariano Donda. This result means that Godoy Cruz have qualified for the Copa Sudamericana, whilst if River Plate avoid the relegation playoff on the last weekend, they’ll also definitely be in the Copa Sudamericana next season. Racing still have a chance themselves. The goals are here, as are all the weekend’s results and goalscorers.

Primera División Torneo Clausura 2011, eighteenth round
Club Olimpo (M. Rolle 48) 1 – 1 Newell’s Old Boys (I. Fideleff 64)
Colón 0 – 1 Arsenal Fútbol Club (G. Blanco Leschuk 45+1)
San Lorenzo de Almagro 0 – 2 Quilmes Atlético Club (F. Cerro 12; M. Cauteruccio 87)
All Boys (E. Gigliotti 39) 1 – 0 Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (A. Rojano OFF 90+4)
Tigre 0 – 0 Independiente
Huracán (F. Quiroga OFF 74) 0 – 2 Vélez Sarsfield (S. Silva 51; S. Domínguez OFF 74; D. Ramírez 90+2)
Club Estudiantes de La Plata (M. Sarulyte 53) 1 – 1 River Plate (P. Ferrari 47)
Lanús 0 – 1 Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors (N. Blandi 57)
Boca Juniors (N. Colazo 47) 1 – 1 Banfield (F. Ferreyra 83)
Racing Club (T. Gutiérrez 1, 27) 2 – 3 Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba (M. Donda 44, 90+2; R. Ramírez 54; J. Da Silva (manager) OFF 64)

Racing 2 – 3 Godoy Cruz

I don’t believe Godoy Cruz have ever finished as high as second in the Argentine top flight before. This result therefore keeps them in with a chance of making history with their highest ever finish; they’re a point behind second-placed Lanús going into the last weekend. As it is, I think third might very well be a club record as well.

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