Argentine first-divison’s Racing Club downs Godoy Cruz for first title in 13 years


After 13 long years failing to end as champions in Argentina’s Primera Division, Racing Club cemented their rise to the top of the league with a 1-0 win over Godoy Cruz on Sunday.

Midfielder Ricky Centurion buried the headed goal in the 49th minute and secured Racing’s first-place finish, two points in front of River Plate.

This victory satisfyingly ended the Tortoises’ season that marked a huge jump from their 18th-place 2013-14 conclusion.

For the majority of the fall, forward-winger hybrid Gustavo Bou, who has been one of the most clinical finishers in the Primera so far, supplemented Racing’s top-notch attack.

The Associated Press also properly recognized the arrival of veteran striker Diego Milito as an integral moment of the year, since the longtime Serie A man has proved his close-range striking worth in several of La Academia’s crucial matches.

Courtesy of the AP:

The star all season has been Diego Milito, who returned to the club from Inter Milan. He started at Racing Club 15 years ago, left to play across Spain and Italy – and for Argentina’s national team – before “going home.”

This championship, though, only marks the first half of the Primera Division title, with the second one arriving in the next half of the season. The season is divided into two parts: The Torneo Incial,  which spans up to this point, and the Torneo Final, which materializes until the spring of 2015.

Two teams will now be relegated to second division Primera B, while two teams from the lower tier will be promoted for the next part of the Argentine footballing year.

Racing, due to this triumph, will now have the opportunity to play the victor of the next half in the “Copa Campeonato”, known as the true final, a matchup of Torneo Incial and Torneo Final winners.