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Argentina Apertura: Race To Title and Copa Libertadores Places Heats Up

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 23:  Emmanuel Muscat of the Phoenix gains posession during the pre-season friendly match between Wellington Phoenix and Boca Juniors at Westpac Stadium on July 23, 2010 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
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Pablo ImazContributor INovember 19, 2010

With just five rounds left to go in the Argentina Apertura, the title race is coming down to the wire, while other teams battle to earn a spot in next year’s Copa Libertadores, South America’s version of the Champion’ League.

 

Godoy Cruz vs. Banfield     

The action gets underway Friday night when Godoy Cruz hosts Banfield in Mendoza. If the tournament ended today, Godoy Cruz would be the first team from Mendoza to ever qualify for South America’s premier club competition, while Banfield sits just one point behind Newell’s Old Boys for the last spot.

Banfield coach Julio Cesar Falcioni could be leaving to join Boca Juniors, and Friday’s match could be his last in charge of El Taladro, with whom he won the 2009 Apertura title.

Godoy Cruz rely on Colombian Jairo Castillo and brilliant playmaker David Ramirez, who should take advantage of a distracted Banfield.

Prediction: Godoy Cruz 2, Banfield 1

 

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