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Boca wins first league title in three years

  • AP, Monday, December 5, 2011 1:44 AM

A 3-0 win over Banfield on Sunday clinched the Argentine league Apertura championship for Boca Juniors with two rounds of games yet to be played.

Two goals from Dario Cvitanich and another from Diego Rivero lifted Boca to 39 points, well ahead of second-place Racing with 29 points. Tigre, third with 27 points, has three games to play but still cannot catch Boca, which broke a title drought dating back to the 2008 Apertura.

Cvitanich scored in the 10th minute and again just before halftime for a 2-0 lead. Rivero broke Banfield's resistance with a third goal in the second minute of the second half.

Boca coach Julio Cesar Falcioni, who was hired from Banfield to replace Claudio Borghi after the club finished 20 points behind Estudiantes in the 2010 Apertura championship, has received much of the credit for the team's turnaround. "This is good for the club and good for the players -- thanks to the players,'' Falcioni said.

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