The final round of the 2011 Torneo Clausura is upon us in Argentina, and with it an historic day. Never before since the short championships were introduced in 1992 have we gone into the final day without a single one of the relegation places decided. Quilmes, Gimnasia and Huracán fight between one another for one playoff place, whilst Olimpo and River (and, just maybe, Tigre) are trying to avoid the other. See this post over on Landing Pad BA for a full explanation. Five matches on Saturday include Quilmes vs Olimpo, perhaps the most important, and River Plate vs Lanús. Boca visit Gimnasia in Martín Palermo’s final game for another of the relegation key games, and champions Vélez will parade their trophy at home to Racing, but let’s face it: no-one really gives a toss about anything but those Saturday 3pm kick offs, do they? Get set for the craziest final weekend in the history of the Argentine top flight. The kick off times are right here; make sure you’re following me on Twitter if you want the lowdown on which links to watch which games on.
All kick off times are local. Add four hours for British Summer Time; subtract one for Eastern Standard Time in North America.
Primera División Torneo Clausura 2011, nineteenth round
Independiente vs Huracán (Sat, 15:00; refereed by F. Beligoy)
Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata vs Boca Juniors (Sat, 15:00; H. Baldassi)
Quilmes Atlético Club vs Club Olimpo (Sat, 15:00; S. Pezzotta)
River Plate vs Lanús (Sat, 15:00; P. Lunati)
Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors vs Tigre (Sat, 15:00; J.P. Pompei)
Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba vs All Boys (Sat, 20:10; F. Rapallini)
Arsenal Fútbol Club vs Club Estudiantes de La Plata (Sun, 14:00; G. Favale)
Newell’s Old Boys vs Colón (Sun, 15:00; D. Ceballos)
Banfield vs San Lorenzo de Almagro (Sun, 17:10; S. Trucco)
Vélez Sarsfield vs Racing Club (Sun, 19:30; N. Pitana)
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