Friday sees the start of the final round of 2012 Torneo Clausura matches, after an interesting recent round last weekend which leaves Tigre and Arsenal de Sarandí joint top and Boca Juniors two points behind going into this weekend. Tigre could win the championship and still be relegated, whilst in Nacional B River Plate will on Saturday take to the pitch knowing a win against Almirante Brown would see them promoted back to the Primera División. With seven Primera matches and five in the second flight having to take place simultaneously due to shared interests, there are too many permutations to list in an opening paragraph. Below, you’ll find last weekend’s goals, and a rundown of what’s required for each team this weekend.
Primera División Torneo Clausura 2012
As well as the matches shown below, there were also two 0-0 draws: Lanús v Unión, which proved to the the final straw for Lanús’ directors, who have announced Gabriel Schurrer will be replaced with Guillermo Barros Schelotto (in the latter’s first managerial position) for the Apertura; and Independiente v San Lorenzo, which leaves the visitors in the automatic relegation places, and was Gabriel Milito’s final home game prior to retirement for the home side.
San Martín 2 – 1 Newell’s Old Boys
This match ended Newell’s title hopes; it also keeps San Martín’s relegation battle alive. They play San Lorenzo this weekend, knowing that a win will see them clear of the playoff places for sure. They might be okay with a draw, but only if Tigre and Atlético Rafaela both fail to win.
Belgrano 3 – 1 Banfield
Yet another defeat leaves Banfield hanging on by the slimmest of margins; they’re now in the relegation playoff spots, don’t have it in their own power to avoid that fate, and if they lose and San Lorenzo win on Sunday, could even be relegated automatically despite having a 73-point season on their current record in Argentina’s three-season-long relegation table.
Estudiantes 1 – 0 Olimpo
With Olimpo already relegated and Estudiantes well off the title chase, this match had nothing riding on it apart from the fact that it was Juan Sebastián Verón’s final home match before his retirement.
Vélez 0 – 1 Tigre
This result left Vélez out of the title race, and put Tigre joint top of the Clausura table going into the final round. Thanks to Rafaela’s thrilling win over Racing, though (see below), Tigre’s survival isn’t in their own hands; even if they win this weekend (thus forcing at worst a playoff with Arsenal to decide the title), they could enter the relegation playoffs as well if Rafaela win their match.
Argentinos Juniors 1 – 0 All Boys
This derby match didn’t count for anything, other than to end All Boys’ slim title hopes. There were an amazing six red cards – two for Argentinos and four for All Boys.
Rafaela 4 – 2 Racing
Rafaela’s quite brilliant win here ensured that even though they go into the final weekend below Tigre in the promedio standings, they’ll finish above them should both sides win, and as such means survival for Rafaela is still in their hands.
Boca Juniors 0 – 3 Arsenal de Sarandí
This win for Arsenal meant they go into the last weekend joint top of the Clausura with Tigre, and leaves Boca two points behind the two leaders.
Colón 2 – 0 Godoy Cruz
Like Estudiantes’ 1-0 win over Olimpo, this one didn’t mean anything in terms of the end to this season, but was a fond farewell for Esteban Bichi Fuertes, Colón’s all-time top goalscorer, who bade his fans farewell by scoring both goals in the last home game of his career.
Nacional B is somewhat simpler (partly because I’m assuming anyone reading this is only going to care about the promotion race, not the relegation battle). Rosario Central and River Plate both lost, Instituto and Quilmes both won. This means that going into the last round, the former two are on 70 points and the latter two on 69. The top two go up and the next two go to the playoffs. If two teams end up tied for the title, it’ll go to goal difference, but if two teams are tied for playoff places or between second and third, it’ll go to a one-off, neutral stadium tie-breaker.
Deportivo Merlo 0 – 2 Instituto de Córdoba
Quilmes 4 – 0 Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy
Quilmes’ back-of-shirt sponsors, Medical Hair, are well publicised at the start of this match. They also sponsor Argentinos Juniors and various other clubs. If any of HEGS’ Buenos Aires-based followers know whether it’s as amusing a company as its name makes it sound, do please explain.
Patronato 1 – 0 River Plate
Rosario Central 1 – 3 Chacarita Juniors
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