Partidazo: Argentinos Juniors 4-3 Independiente, Clausura 2010 - Comback of champions

9 May 2010. In the 18th and penumtimate fecha of the Clausura 2010 season Argentinos Juniors hosted Independiente in a championship showdown. Both teams needed the win in order to have any chance to overtake championship leaders and favourites Estudiantes de La Plata.

Estudiantes led the championship race by one point from Argentinos with Independiente 5 points behind.

Argentinos got off to a good start with a 26th minute goal from Nicolás Pavlovich but within 2 minutes former Argentinos Juniors player Leonel Núñez equalised with an olympic goal (straight from the corner kick) he refused to celebrate making apologetic gestures to the Argentinos fans.

With the score tied 1-1 at half time and both sides in desperate need of the win it seemed that 2nd half goals would be inevitable, and there turned out to be 5 of them.

Independiente started the 2nd half strongly going 1-2 ahead on 48 minutes and then Núñez scored his second and seemingly decisive goal for 1-3 on 67 minutes, again making apologetic gestures to the Argentinos faithful.

Pavlovich scored his second of the game on 73 minutes with a well taken header to give Argentinos some hope. With exactly one minute of normal time left Juan Sabia scored after a goalmouth scramble, then after 3 of the 4 additional minutes had been played José Luis Calderón set up Matías Caruzzo to score the winning goal.

Estudientes drew their home game 0-0 against relegation battlers Rosario Central, to give Argentinos a 1 point advantage going into the last game of the season. Argentinos travelled to Huracán where they were crowned champions for the first time in 25 years after a 1-2 win.

For more great games involving South American teams, check out the rest of the Partidazo series.

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