Details of the 19th round of games in the Clausura 2011 tournament.
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On Saturday afternoon the five games involving teams in the relegation fight kicked off simultaneously.
Quilmes had worked miracles to keep their survival hopes alive until the final game of the season but they were relegated after a 0-1 home defeat to Olimpo. Martín Rolle scored the only goal of the game to secure Primera División survival for the Bahía Blanca outfit.
River Plate replaced Olimpo in the final relegation playoff position after a 1-2 home defeat to Lanús who finished the Clausura in second place. Sebastián Romero put the visitors ahead but Erik Lamela equalised for the hosts after three minutes of the second half to give them hope. River Pressed for the winning goal but Leandro Diaz hit an injury time winner for Lanús to leave never previously relegated River facing a two legged promotion playoff against Belgrano de Córdoba to determine which of them will play Primera División football.The fact that River are involved in the relegation playoffs means that they will be disallowed from competing in Copa Sudamerica despite finishing 6th in the overall table.
Given River's defeat, Tigre were safe anyway but they still managed a creditable 1-1 draw at Argentinos Juniors. Nicolás Blandi scored for Argentinos midway through the first half and Román Martínez equalised for Tigre nine minutes later. The draw meant that Argentinos slipped down the table a bit but still finished in 5th position in the Clausura and in 7th position in the Copa Sudamericana qualification table meaning that they will take River Plate's place in Copa Sudamericana 2011.
Huracán started the day above the automatic relegation places by a single point and they seemed set for automatic relegaton as Independiente thrashed them 5-1 and Gimnasia y Esgrima seemed to be heading for a win against Boca Juniors however Boca found a late equaliser to set up a head-to-head decider between Huracán and Gimnasia to determine which of them will face automatic relegation and which of them will face the 3rd placed team from Primera B Nacional, San Martín de San Juan in the promotion/relegation playoff.
Gimnasia seemed to be cruising to victory against Boca after Claudio Graff scored with a free kick and Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored another from the penalty spot after 12 minutes. Cristián Cellay pulled one back for Boca before half time but Gimnasia looked the most likely to score for most of the second half until Boca equalised in the last minute. In his last ever league appearance for Boca, Martín Palermo headed back across goal to set up a second goal for Cellay.
Huracán's trip to Inependiente was nothing short of a disaster considering they knew that a win would allow them to avoid automatic relegation. Facundo Parra and Andrés Silvera put the hosts two goals ahead at half time then Patricio Rodríguez hit a pair of goals either side of the sending off of Huracán keeper Gastón Monzón and a missed penalty from Javier Cámpora. At the second opportunity from the penalty spot Cámpora pulled a goal back and put himself joint top of the topscorers table but there was still time for Leonel Núñez to add further humiliation with a sublime fifth goal for Independiente in the last few minutes.
In the late game on Saturday Nicolás Sánchez headed the only goal of the game to give Godoy Cruz a 1-0 win against All Boys to secure 3rd place in the Clausura, their joint best finish in their short Primera División history.
In the early kick-off on Sunday Estudiantes continued their dismal run of form with a 1-0 away defeat to Arsenal de Sarandí. The champions of the Apertura have won only one of their last 16 games and that was the rearranged tie against bottom of the table Huracán. Despite spending the majority of the season in the bottom half of the table Arsenal picked up 11 points from their final five games to climb up to 10th in the final standings, qualify to play in Copa Sudamericana 2011 and dramatically improve their prospects in next seasons relegation table.
Newell's Old Boys picked up only their 4th victory of the Clausura with a 1-0 home win against Colón meaning that they managed to leapfrog Huracán and avoid the embarrasment of a bottom of the table finish. They left it late to secure the win but Mauricio Sperdutti bagged the winner in the 88th minute to demonstrate that he is of the few Newell's players that can take some pride in their Clausura 2011 campaign.
Banfield and San Lorenzo were the only two teams left with absolutely nothing to play for, their game ended in a 1-1 draw. Banfield have played some half decent football in the Clausura and Gustavo Toledo gave them the lead with a spectacular long range strike but San Lorenzo managed to scramble an equaliser to avoid finishing a disappointing campaign with a defeat.
Vélez Sársfield enjoyed their coronation as champions with a 2-1 win againsr Racing Club a result that secured a comfortable 4 point margain in the Clausura and an incredible 13 point advantage over the whole of the 2010-11 season. Nobody could deny that Vélez deserved their championship but Racing attempted to spoil the party taking the lead with a Gabriel Hauche goal in the early stages of the game. Vélez fought back and had established the 2-1 lead that lasted for the rest of the game after 19 minutes with goals from Víctor Zapata and Augusto Fernández.
|Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP)||2-2||Boca Juniors|
|Godoy Cruz||1-0||All Boys|
|Newell's Old Boys||1-0||Colón|
|Vélez Sársfield||2-1||Racing Club|
|18||Gimnasia (La Plata)||19||3||9||7||19||25||−6||18|
|19||Newell's Old Boys||19||4||4||11||16||32||−16||16|
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