Boca Juniors lifted the Argentinian title on Sunday after a 2-2 draw with rival Independiente in a dramatic final round that electrified the South American nation.
The club’s 35th title came at its Bombonera Stadium after its bitter rival River Plate beat Racing Club, the other contender for the title, 2-1.
Boca ended the tournament’s 27 rounds with 52 points, two above Racing.
River, Boca, Racing and Independiente have the strongest rivalries in Argentina, and all four sides faced each other on the final day of the 2022 league campaign. To make matters worse, Boca and Racing depended on their biggest enemies (River and Independiente) to win the title.
After almost 90 minutes in both matches, Independiente did their part for their rivals Racing away at Boca, drawing the match 2-2 and handing the title to Racing on a plate. River, through Borja, equalised in a match that Racing needed to win to lift the title when suddenly, the referee awarded a penalty in favour of Racing.
At this point, a Racing goal practically made them champions, but Franco Armani had other ideas and saved the penalty. The Millonario goalkeeper dived to his left, guessing the right way to stop Galván’s effort and prevent a winning goal. But it was not only there that Armani became a hero in the blue and yellow part of Buenos Aires.