Apertura 2008: The title as it happens

The destination of the 2008 Torneo Apertura title probably won't be decided today - that would require only one of the top three to win - but those who aren't able to watch any of the matches can follow it here. I won't be doing live match reports (if you're wondering why, you try watching... Continue Reading →

Monumentally bad

River Plate will finish bottom of the 2008 Torneo Apertura when the final standings are drawn up following Sunday's matches. Only once in the history of the short championships has a team gone from top to bottom in the space of six months - Newell's did it in 1992 - but River now join that... Continue Reading →

Newell’s finish fifth

The total of 25 points that Racing were aiming for in the Apertura hasn't been met, but they weren't far off. They ultimately have to settle for 22, after a disappointing performance in El Coloso Del Parque saw them end their Torneo Apertura with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Newell's Old Boys. For... Continue Reading →

Apertura ’08: Round 19 fixtures

The Torneo Apertura 2008 ends this weekend, and whatever happens now, it's been a good one. All of the matches featuring title contenders - and also, for some reason, Independiente vs. Arsenal - are taking place at the same time on Sunday. Friday sees a key relegation clash in Rosario, whilst the meaningless matches are... Continue Reading →

In the hands of the… um…

... Tigers. Estudiantes de La Plata visited Mendoza on Wednesday night to play their postponed match away to Godoy Cruz, needing a win to keep Copa Libertadores qualification in their own hands. They took the lead, but were pegged back in the second half and, deep into stoppage time, Godoy's Iván Borghello got his second... Continue Reading →

Last day kick off time

The four - yes, four - matches involving championship contenders on the final weekend of the Torneo Apertura 2008 will all be played simultaneously, on Sunday afternoon. The AFA announced on Tuesday that the games would kick off at 5:20pm, bringing them forward almost two hours for security reasons. It'll be an interesting afternoon for... Continue Reading →

To the last day!

The Argentine title race is closer than it's ever been. Two years ago, Boca Juniors lost their last two matches to set up a playoff - the first ever - against Estudiantes which the La Plata side won. On Sunday this weekend, Boca drew away to Gimnasia La Plata, at the same time as Tigre... Continue Reading →

Opportunity missed

After Lanús had kept themselves in with a slim hope of the title on Friday night with a 2-0 win away to Vélez (their first win away to the Liniers side in 49 years), the focus shifted to the relegation battle on Saturday afternoon as Racing took on Gimnasia de Jujuy. A win would take the... Continue Reading →

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