The ‘Millonario’ won 2-1 in a Monumental packed to the brim
Lucas Beltrán and Paulo Díaz scored for the home team and Jonathan Gómez scored the visiting goal
River Plate celebrated this Friday the title of the Professional League Tournament of Argentine soccer, the 70th in its history, in its presentation for the last day of the contest that included a 2-1 victory against Racing Club in a Monumental Stadium filled with almost 87,000 people. Lucas Beltrán and the Chilean Paulo Díaz scored the goals for the winner, while Jonathan Gómez scored for the Academy, which ended with ten men due to the expulsion of Gonzalo Piovi in the 45th minute of play.
With this victory, River concluded the season with 61 points, eleven more than the runner-up Córdoba Workshopswhich this Friday equaled 1-1 con Newell’s Old Boys as a visitor in Rosario with the goals of the Ecuadorian Djorkaeff Reasco for the local team and Rodrigo Garro for the Cordoba visit.
After a great reception for the champion team, River Plate had its coronation ceremony at the end of the match with the presentation of the trophy by Claudio ‘Chiqui’ Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association and the most important leaders of the Millonario headed by its highest authority: Jorge Brito. This title was River’s first in the post-Marcelo Gallardo era and the first under the leadership of Martín Demichelis in a title that means qualification for the Champions Trophy, the Argentine Super Cup and the 2024 Copa Libertadores. River Plate will now focus its attention on the Copa Libertadores round of 16 series against Internacional de Porto Alegre, while Racing Club will do the same in the same instance against Atlético Nacional de Medellín.
In other results from this Friday Union achieved a valuable victory by 2-0 ante Defense and Justice, Students of La Plata doubled at home for 2-3 a Argentinos Juniors y Belgrano equalized with a blank score with Rosario Central. Several of these teams will have international competition next week: Argentinos Juniors in the Copa Libertadores against Fluminense, while, in the round of 16 of the Copa Sudamericana, Estudiantes de La Plata will meet the Brazilian Goias, Defensa y Justicia against Emelec de Ecuador and Newell’s Old Boys with Corinthians also from Brazil.
This Saturday, in the continuity of the 27th and final day, Boca Juniors will visit Independiente in another classic with its mind set on the Libertadores round of 16 series against Nacional of Uruguay, while San Lorenzo will visit Tigre with the duels against São Paulo for the round of 16 of Sudamericana. In addition, Central Córdoba will host Atlético Tucumán and Sarmiento de Junín will host Banfeild. On Sunday, at the close of the day and the tournament, five matches will be played: Lanús-Barracas Central, Arsenal-Colón, Gimnasia-Platense, Huracán-Vélez Sarsfield and Godoy Cruz-Instituto.