Boca Juniors claimed the Argentine Apertura title, the first of the country's two annual championships. Local legend Diego Maradona's former club finished top of a three-way play-off thanks to their better goal average.
REUTERS - Boca Juniors won the Argentine Apertura championship on Tuesday, finishing top of a three-way play-off by the slimmest of margins after losing 1-0 to rank outsiders
Boca had a goal difference of one, compared to zero for
The play-off was held after the three teams finished level on points after the regular championship, where goal difference is not used to decide the title.
It was Boca's 23rd title under the various formats used since Argentine football turned professional in 1931 but they are still 10 titles behind their
It was their first title in five championships, considered an unusually long time for a club who have traditionally dominated the domestic game alongside River.
Their last success was the 2005/06 season's Clausura championship.
Two league championships, the Apertura and Clausura, are played per season in
Boca, missing playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme through suspension, had an early chance when Luciano Figueroa's shot was saved by Luis Ardente.
They wasted an even better opening when Jesus Datolo broke clear of the
Martin Morel, the championship's topscorer with 13 goals, had
The tearful Garcia, whose blunder also gave away a goal in the 3-1 win over
Another goal would have handed
Date created : 2008-12-24