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Racing Club wins Argentinian national championship

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Racing Club, one of the five giants of Argentinian soccer, won its ninth national league trophy Sunday after a 1-1 draw against Tigre. It was the team’s second title in the tournament in five years.

The traditional blue and white team from Avellaneda, in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, lifted the league title with one game in hand after second place Defensa y Justicia also drew 1-1 with Union de Santa Fe.

Sunday’s results kept the distance between the two leaders in four points, with Racing at 56 and Defensa y Justicia at 52.

Racing opened the score at the Jose Dellagiovana stadium with midfielder Augusto Solari at 57 minutes. Tigre levelled in the dying seconds of the match with a free kick by defender Lucas Rodriguez.

Racing’s campaign added 17 wins, five draws and only two defeats in 24 matches. The champions will face second place Defensa y Justicia in the last round of the tournament.

Coach Eduardo Coudet won his first title in his short career, after losing two finals of the Copa Argentina with Rosario Central.

“We deserved to be champions because we held the first place since the fourth round,” Racing’s coach said.

Racing’s main player in the tournament was striker “Licha” Lopez, Argentina’s league top goal scorer with 17 goals.

Fans have taken the streets of Avellaneda and Buenos Aires to celebrate.

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

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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.

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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.