Apertura 2011: A three-way battle ends with Godoy Cruz in the Libertadores (video)

The 2011 Torneo Apertura ended on Monday with, among other matches, three games which affected the battle for Copa Libertadores 2012 qualification. With Racing, Independiente, Tigre and Godoy Cruz all going into the last round with hopes of qualifying for the continent’s biggest competition, the mendocinos eventually won out, with a 2-0 win away to Atlético Rafaela. Racing lost 1-0 to Vélez Sarsfield and Independiente v Tigre finished 2-1 to the hosts, who had trailed 1-0 at half time. Elsewhere Colón beat Banfield 4-1, Lanús and Newell’s Old Boys drew 2-2, and San Martín beat San Lorenzo 1-0 to leave Leonardo Madelón’s side perilously positioned in the relegation table as we enter the summer break. All the goals from the day are here.

Primera División Torneo Apertura 2011, nineteenth round
Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors (S. Nagüel 63) 1 – 0 Club Olimpo
Club Atlético Belgrano (F. Vázquez 13) 1 – 0 Arsenal Fútbol Club
Club Estudiantes de La Plata (M. Boselli 45+1; C. Cellay 77) 2 – 0 Club Atlético Unión
Club Atlético Boca Juniors (D. Cvitanich 78) 1 – 0 Club Atlético All Boys (J.P. Rodríguez OFF 49)
Club Atlético Colón (F. Higuaín 5; J. Chevanton 45, 70; G. Graciani 51) 4 – 1 Club Atlético Banfield (F. Ferreyra 90)
Club Atlético Lanús (S. Romero 19; M. Regueiro 53) 2 – 2 Club Atlético Newell’s Old Boys (D. Mateo 38; P. Pérez 43)
Asociación Mutual Social y Deportiva Atlético de Rafaela 0 – 2 Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba (A. Rojas 40; R. Ramírez 72; I. Damonte OFF 73)
Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield (D. Ramírez 54) 1 – 0 Racing Club
Club Atlético Independiente (F. Parra 56; H. Fredes 66) 2 – 1 Club Atlético Tigre (D. Morales 11)
Club Atlético San Martín de San Juan (S. Penco 2) 1 – 0 Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro (N. Ortigoza OFF 87)

Colón 4 – 1 Banfield

Lanús 2 – 2 Newell’s

Rafaela 0 – 2 Godoy Cruz

Vélez 1 – 0 Racing

Independiente 2 – 1 Tigre

San Martín 1 – 0 San Lorenzo

Keep an eye on HEGS during the day on Tuesday; I’m planning to post a team of the Apertura – and being a good River fan, of course, I’ll be trying to make sure it’s not just full of Boca players…

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One thought on “Apertura 2011: A three-way battle ends with Godoy Cruz in the Libertadores (video)

  1. It seems on Hand of Pod, every time you talk positively about my beloved Tigre, they lose. A few weeks ago, you guys preached on how good they were doing and etc. 3 straight loses after that. You guys basically gave them the kiss of death.

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