It is somewhat fitting that Boca Juniors claimed their second consecutive league title with a draw against struggling Gimnasia as Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side have staggered to the trophy in the run-in.
Needing just a point from their rearranged fixture in La Plata, Boca secured what was needed to spark huge celebrations back at La Bombonera.
Gimnasia under the interim management of Darío Ortíz, having won just once in twelve matches before the visit of Boca, didn’t look likely to spoil the party and even less so when Pablo Pérez gave the league leaders an early lead, firing in from Ramón Ábila’s nod down.
However, El Lobo continued to trouble Boca’s creaking defence and levelled after 33 minutes when Boca loanee Nicolás Colazo tapped in.
Boca improved after the break and eventually an error by Maximiliano Coronel allowed Ábila to run through on goal and slot in a second.
Unable to find a third, Gimnasia equalised once again when Brahian Alemán’s long range strike took a huge deflection off Ajax target Lisandro Magallán and while that was how it finished, it was enough for Boca.
It may not have been pretty since the injuries to Dario Benedetto and Fernando Gago made Boca more functional than impressive but in defending their title, Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side are the first to do so in twelve years.
Gimnasia 2 – 2 Boca Juniors
Earlier in Avellaneda, another of the postponed fixtures from two weeks ago went ahead and Racing Club secured the expected victory over relegated Arsenal.
Arsenal managed to frustrate Racing for a long time and almost snatched the lead after half time when Alejo Antilef hit the upright but the visitors were eventually broken down.
Lisandro López nodded in from a corner to break the deadlock and Lautaro Martínez wrapped up the points late on.
Racing climb to sixth, level wth Talleres and only a point behind Independiente in the fifth and final Copa Libertadores spot. All three clubs and Huracán battle over two places on what will be a dramatic final day.
Racing Club 2 – 0 Arsenal