2021 Argentine Liga Profesional de Fútbol, 2021 Liga Profesional
  • Agustín Palavecino (32')
  • Julián Álvarez (48')
  • Braian Romero (68', 78')

River beat Racing to win Argentine league title

River Plate beat Racing 4-0 on Thursday to win the Argentine first division with three games to spare and secure the only major domestic title that had evaded coach Marcelo Gallardo.

A first-half goal from Agustin Palavecino and three more in the second half from Julian Alvarez and Braian Romero's double gave River an unassailable 12-point lead at the top as they claimed the title in comfortable fashion, with the most goals scored and the least conceded.

The home side overran their opponents at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, having 28 shots at goal to the visitors' five.

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"We just had that last step to take, the most difficult one, but we were up to the task," said 39-year-old midfielder Leonardo Ponzio. "I can't ask for anything more in this profession. I'm so happy."

It was River's 36th league title and the 13th trophy for former midfielder Gallardo in his seven and a half years at the helm.

During that time he guided the capital club to three Argentine Cups, two Copa Libertadores, South America's equivalent of the UEFA Champions League, and a Copa Sudamericana, the regional equivalent of the Europa League.

He also won three South American Supercups, two Argentine Supercups and a Uruguayan championship while boss at Nacional.

Reports in Uruguay say Gallardo is being considered as a possible replacement for Oscar Tabarez, who was fired as coach of the national side earlier this month.

Argentine Liga Profesional de Fútbol Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 River Plate 24 +34 53
2 Talleres (Córdoba) 24 +11 46
3 Defensa y Justicia 24 +18 44
4 Vélez Sarsfield 24 +14 39
5 Estudiantes de La Plata 24 +13 39
6 Colón (Santa Fe) 24 -2 39
7 Boca Juniors 24 +9 38
8 Lanús 24 +2 37
9 Independiente 24 +2 35
10 Huracán 24 0 35
11 Gimnasia La Plata 24 -1 35
12 Rosario Central 24 +1 32
13 Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba 24 +3 31
14 Unión (Santa Fe) 24 -3 31
15 Argentinos Juniors 23 0 29
16 Racing Club 24 0 29
17 Platense 24 -1 28
18 Newell's Old Boys 23 -7 27
19 Aldosivi 23 -12 27
20 Central Córdoba (Santiago del Estero) 24 +1 26
21 Banfield 23 -5 25
22 Sarmiento (Junín) 24 -8 24
23 San Lorenzo 24 -11 24
24 Patronato 24 -12 24
25 Atlético Tucumán 24 -24 21
26 Arsenal de Sarandí 24 -22 20