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River Plate crowned champion of Argentine Clausura

River Plate crowned champion of Argentine Clausura

River Plate was crowned champion of Argentina's Clausura Sunday after Diego Buonanotte led his team to a 2-1 victory over Olimpo.
Euphoric River fans left the stadium hands pumping, loudly chanting the club's cheers. They gathered around the emblematic Obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires to celebrate the win, as cars honked throughout the city, trumpeting the victory.
The win helped River Plate trump Estudiantes, whose 0-0 draw against Colon bumped it out of the running for champion. Estudiantes shares its second place position with Boca Juniors _ both with 36 points.
Although one round remains in the Clausura tournament, River's four-point advantage leaves the team untouchable. River's last tournament win was its 2004 Clausura victory. This is the team's 33 title.
Buonanotte scored a left-footer at the 16th minute thanks to a cross from Matias Abelairas and slammed in his second goal at the 78th minutes following a pass from Ariel Ortega. Olimpo's Josemir Lujambio scored his team's only goal at the 66th minute.
"River's strength comes from never letting our guard down," said Coach Diego Simeone. "Like all great teams, River is always observing and we hope to keep improving our game," he added.
San Lorenzo also remained out of reach of the title, with 34 points following a 3-2 victory against Banfield Saturday.
Boca Juniors beat Lanus 3-1, thanks to two goals by Martin Palermo and one by Rodrigo Palacio. Lanus opened the scoring with a goal by Sebastian Salomon at the 14th minute, followed by Palermo's first goal, scored from within the area. A penalty shot by Palermo at the 56th minute and Palacio's goal at the 75th sealed the victory for Boca Juniors.
Elsewhere, it was Newell's Old Boys 2, Gimnasia de Jujuy 2; Arsenal 1, Gimnasia La Plata 0; Racing 1, Huracan 0; Tigre 1, Argentinos Juniors; San Martin 0, Rosario Central 0 and Velez Sarsfield 0, Independiente 0.


Updated : 2021-06-17 11:38 GMT+08:00