May 10, 2018 / 2:15 AM / 2 months ago

Boca Juniors clinch Argentine Superliga title with 2-2 draw

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Boca Juniors won the Argentina Superliga title on Wednesday when a 2-2 draw away to Gimnasia y Esgrima gave them an unassailable four-point lead with one round of the championship remaining.

Soccer Football - Boca Juniors v Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata - Argentine Superliga - Juan Carmelo Zerillo stadium, La Plata, Argentina - May 9, 2018 - Boca Juniors' players celebrate clinching the Argentine Superliga championship after their match against Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. REUTERS/Stringer

The visitors opened the scoring after 12 minutes through Pablo Perez but former Boca player Nicolas Colazo equalised for the home side 20 minutes later.

The capital club took the lead again after 57 minutes when Ramon Abila took advantage of a defensive error but Uruguayan Brahian Aleman levelled the scores with a deflected shot nine minutes from time.

Soccer Football - Boca Juniors v Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata - Argentine Superliga - Juan Carmelo Zerillo stadium, La Plata, Argentina - May 9, 2018 - Boca Juniors' players and head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto (L) celebrate with the trophy after clinching the Argentine Superliga championship at the end of their match against Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. REUTERS/Stringer

Boca, however, held on for the point, meaning second-place Godoy Cruz can no longer catch them.

“I’m delighted we have won the championship for the second time in a row,” said striker Carlos Tevez.

“We deserved it, because we were the best over the whole season.”

Coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side dominated the championship from the word go, with Cristian Pavon and marksman Dario Benedetto among their star performers as they secured a 33rd league title.

Writing by Andrew Downie, editing by Nick Mulvenney

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