Monday saw River Plate’s squad travel to Córdoba for the first leg of their relegation playoff against Belgrano de Córdoba. River will be without Diego Buonanotte, who was given a plaque by president Daniel Passarella before Saturday’s game in what seemed a calculated snub to the manager who all but froze him out of the team, J.J. López. Buonanotte – whose transfer to Málaga was agreed back in January – told the press he’d tried to contact López through Matías Almeyda to express his desire to help out the team in the playoff, but hadn’t been able to get through. That game is on Wednesday, with Huracán and Gimnasia meeting in their tie-breaker (which will decide who goes straight down and who plays against San Martín de San Juan in the other playoff) at La Bombonera on Wednesday afternoon (note: I have heard Tuesday, but the AFA website says Wednesday, so I’m sticking with that). All the goals from Sunday – along with the scores and scorers – are right here, with apologies that I didn’t have time to provide them sooner. I’ve also got a full rundown of which clubs have to do exactly what relegation-wise, and who’s qualified for the Copa Sudamericana.
Primera División Torneo Clausura 2011, nineteenth round
Independiente (F. Parra 15; N. Silvera 31; P. Rodríguez 50, 70; L. Núñez 89) 5 – 1 Huracán (G. Monzón OFF 59; J. Cámpora 78)
Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (C. Graf 8; G. Barros Schelotto 12) 2 – 2 Boca Juniors (C. Cellay 32, 90+3)
Quilmes Atlético Club 0 – 1 Club Olimpo (M. Rolle 8)
River Plate (E. Lamela 47) 1 – 2 Lanús (S. Romero 30; L. Díaz 90+2)
Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors (N. Blandi 20) 1 – 1 Tigre (R. Martínez 28; S. Gentiletti OFF 75)
Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba (N. Sánchez 51) 1 – 0 All Boys
Arsenal Fútbol Club (M. Obolo 74) 1 – 0 Club Estudiantes de La Plata
Newell’s Old Boys (M. Sperdutti 87) 1 – 0 Colón
Banfield (G. Toledo 32) 1 – 1 San Lorenzo de Almagro (M. Dos Santos OG 89)
Vélez Sarsfield (V. Zapata 15; A. Fernández 18) 2 – 1 Racing Club (G. Hauche 9)
Arsenal 1 – 0 Estudiantes
Newell’s 1 – 0 Colón
Banfield 1 – 1 San Lorenzo
Vélez 2 – 1 Racing
The relegation situation has been explained in previous posts, but briefly: Quilmes are relegated, River Plate have to play a relegation playoff against Belgrano de Córdoba, as mentioned above (first leg on Wednesday night, return at the Monumental on Sunday). Gimnasia and Huracán, having finished dead level on average points, must first play a tie-breaker to decide their final positions; the loser will be relegated, the winner will play a relegation playoff against San Martín de San Juan starting on Sunday, and ending the following Thursday.
River Plate finished in sixth – a qualifying place – in the Copa Sudamericana qualification table, but as they were also in a relegation playoff spot they won’t be allowed in, and their place is passed to the team in seventh, who were Argentinos Juniors. As such Argentina’s six Sudamericana representatives will be Vélez, Estudiantes, Godoy Cruz, Lanús, Arsenal and Argentinos. The six will be joined by Independiente, who don’t take one of Argentina’s spots but get the chance to defend the trophy they won last year.
You can see all the final tables over on the HEGS Tables page.
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