Tuesday, May 20, 2014
River is the champion of Final 2014 !!!
The Argentina Previews season is over but it will return for a 5th season in August for Inicial 2014 and Copa Sudamericana!
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They were probably not the best team for a big part of the tournament, but it can't be argued that they were the best in the final sprint and the 5-0 in the last game vs Quilmes proves it.
There were many factors, a not so tough schedule in the final rounds was probably one of them, but it can't be used as an excuse because the teams that finished behind them had similar chances and they wasted them.
They were extremely strong at home, getting 27 of the 37 points at the "Monumental", where they won 9 out of 10 games (only lost 1-2 vs Godoy Cruz back in the 3rd round) and had some strong and solid players like their "colombian trio"of Eder Alvarez Balanta, Carlos Carbonero and Teofilo Gutierrez.
The highest moment of their semester was in the 2-1 win in the Superclasico at Boca with a very late goal. Maybe that's where they realized that winning the championship was possible.
35th local title for River, first since 2008 and most in the country, and a redemption moment for them after the infamous 2011 relegation to 2nd division.
This championship gives them a place in Copa Libertadores 2015, joined for now by Velez that finished at the top of the season table with their 3-2 win at San Lorenzo on Monday night.
The football season also has already 2 relegated teams; All Boys and Argentinos Juniors, that will be joined by a 3rd team, the loser of the playoff game between Colon and Atletico Rafaela (they finished tied at the 18th place of the Averages table) that will be played next Saturday.
There will be another game on that same day to close the season, a "Superfinal" as called by AFA, between River and the other champion of this season, San Lorenzo, winner of Inicial 2013.
The winner of that game gets a place in Copa Sudamericana 2014 that will start in mid August.
The other Argentine teams in this competition will be: Boca, Estudiantes, Gimnasia, Rosario Central, Godoy Cruz, and Lanus as the title defenders because they won the 2013 edition.
The best moments of the Final 2014 champion: