Boca Juniors beat Olimpo 2-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:49 IST

Boca Juniors defeated Olimpo 2-1 on Wednesday to win the Argentine league title for the 21st time in the club's history.

Boca Juniors beat Olimpo 2-1

Buenos Aires:

Boca Juniors defeated Olimpo 2-1 on Wednesday to win the Argentine league title for the 21st time in the club's history. In the final Apertura standings, they finished three points clear of Gimnasia yEsgrima in second place. River Plate - Boca's bitter Buenos Aires rivals - had to settle for fifth place. Boca Juniors went into the match against Olimpo with a one-point lead over second-placed Gimnasia y Esgrima. Boca fans who hadn't made the 700 kilometre (450 mile) journey south from Buenos Aires gathered around television screens in the bars and cafes of the Argentine capital. If the mood was one of celebration at the start of the game that was soon to change as Olimpo took the lead after just seven minutes through Ismael Blanco. Just two minutes later, Daniel Diaz equalised for Boca. Five minutes before time, Federico Insua scored a 35-yard free kick to give Boca a 2-1 lead. That was enough for victory, ensuring that the title was coming back to Boca's home ground for the 21st time since the Argentine professional league was founded in 1931. After the final whistle, fans congregated around the Obelisk in the Plaza de Mayo to continue the celebrations. Boca's record of 21 domestic titles is second only to their bitter Buenos Aires rivals, River Plate, who have won 32 titles. Boca's victory also earned Alfio Basile his first Argentine title as a manager. Basile, who coached the Argentina national team at the 1994 World Cup, won the championship as a player with Racing in 1966 and the Intercontinental Cup the following year. As coach, Basile won the Supercopa Sudamericana with Racing in 1988. He led Argentina to Copa America titles in 1991 and 1993. (AP)

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