Sunday, December 10, 2006

Three title race impacts: Weekend review.

Well, one league title was decided over the weekend, one is going into extra time, and one title race had more drama injected into it.

Chivas de Guadalajara picked up their 11th Mexican title on Sunday with a come from behind 2-1 victory over Toluca. Chivas will now play in the 2007 CONCACAF Champions Cup as the Mexican Apertura champion. Toluca took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute, only to have Chivas storm back for 2 goals in the second half. Toluca was hosting the second leg of the two legged series. The first match was a draw at 1-1.

In Argentina, former Mexican National Team head coach, Ricardo La Volpe, now the boss at Boca Juniors, said Friday that he would resign if Boca did not win the Apertura championship, as they only needed 1 point. Well, La Volpe should still technically be in charge at Boca, as they didn’t lose the Apertura championship, but they still need to play some more football. Boca were stunned Sunday in a 2-1 defeat to Lanus. Estudiantes, who at the start of the day was 3 points back of Boca, picked up a 2-0 victory over Arsenal to set up a playoff for the Apertura championship.

An Arsenal of a different type took the field Sunday, this time in England in the EPL and they faced the current two time defending Chelsea and came away with a 1-1 draw. The draw, coupled with Manchester United’s 3-1 victory in the Manchester Derby, now leaves Chelsea 8 points back in the EPL race, with one match in hand. Even if Chelsea wins their extra match, Sir Alex Ferguson and his club will have a 5 point lead on the defending champs. Going into the ultra busy Christmas schedule, that 5 point lead might be a season breaker.


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