Only a miracle would have prevented Boca Juniors from lifting the title after the last two rounds of action but on Tuesday evening, Guillermo Barros Schelotto were crowned Primera champions without kicking a ball as Banfield fell to defeat against San Lorenzo.
River Plate’s loss on Sunday ensured the title race was down to two but Banfield had to pick up three points in the Nuevo Gasómetro to ensure Boca still required a point from their remaining fixtures.
Fernando Belluschi’s second half goal saw to it that that didn’t happen and while Banfield can still look back on a hugely positive campaign, celebrations across Buenos Aires and down in Bahia Blanca, where Boca were preparing for Wednesday’s clash with Olimpo, erupted.
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— No Todo Pasa (@NoTodoPasaTyC) June 20, 2017
In a season where no other side has been able to consistently string together results to really challenge Boca, it is perhaps fitting that a Banfield defeat sees Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s team lift the title.
Banfield’s challenge has been based on their incredible form at the Estadio Florencio Sola and while the commitment was there in Bajo Flores, El Taladro never really got going.
With the match still goalless, San Lorenzo took the lead thanks to a wonderfully weighted and disguised pass by Néstor Ortigoza that left Fernando Belluschi with a simple finish past Hilario Navarro.
Ortigoza, playing his last game for the club, had the chance to wrap up the win in stoppage time but his usual penalty expertise eluded him and the Paraguayan international missed the target.
San Lorenzo claimed an important three points in their effort to qualify for the 2018 Copa Libertadores but more importantly Banfield’s failure handed Boca a 32nd league title.