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River Plate wins Argentine first-division title

River Plate wins Argentine first-division title; first since relegation in 2011

River Plate's fans cheer for their team during an Argentine league soccer match against Quilmes in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP ...
River Plate's players pose with a flag that reads in Spanish, "let's go Argentina", before the start of an Argentine league soccer match against Quilm...
River Plate players, center, gather around teammate Cristian Ledesma, center, after he scored against Quilmes during an Argentine league soccer match ...
River Plate players, center, celebrate with teammate Cristian Ledesma, center, after he scored against Quilmes during an Argentine league soccer match...

Argentina Soccer

River Plate's fans cheer for their team during an Argentine league soccer match against Quilmes in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP ...

Argentina Soccer

River Plate's players pose with a flag that reads in Spanish, "let's go Argentina", before the start of an Argentine league soccer match against Quilm...

Argentina Soccer

River Plate players, center, gather around teammate Cristian Ledesma, center, after he scored against Quilmes during an Argentine league soccer match ...

Argentina Soccer

River Plate players, center, celebrate with teammate Cristian Ledesma, center, after he scored against Quilmes during an Argentine league soccer match...

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- River Plate won the Argentine first-division title Sunday, defeating Quilmes 5-0 at the club's Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires.

It was River's first title since 2008, having been relegated to the second division in 2011. Like most countries in Latin America, Argentina divides the season into two halves. San Lorenzo won the first-half title this season.

Fernando Cavenaghi scored two goals and Gabriel Mercado, Cristian Ledesma and Teofilo Gutierrez added the others for River, one of Argentina's biggest clubs.

"I'll never forget this match," said Gutierrez, one of three Colombians playing for River.

River finished with 37 points, five ahead of Estudiantes and six clear of Gimnasia. Estudiantes lost if final-round match 2-1 at Tigre on Sunday, and Gimnasia fell 1-0 to Boca Juniors.

River's last title under coach Diego Simeone -- now at Atletico Madrid __ and with players like Radamel Falcao and Alexis Sanchez.


Updated : 2021-04-12 12:27 GMT+08:00