The five football moments of 2021 in Argentina

ESPN.com reviews the highlights of Argentine soccer in 2021.

BOCA CHAMPION OF THE MARADONA CUP
The year began with a title for Boca Juniors. On January 18, the group directed at that time by Miguel Angel Russo Diego Armando Maradona became champion of the Copa, defeating Banfield on penalties, after tying in the 90 minutes 1 to 1.

Cardona had put Xeneize ahead with a great shot from outside the area, and when it seemed that the title was assured Lollo, on the hour, sealed the final 1 to 1. In the round from 12 steps he won by 5 to 3.

Thus, in San Juan, Boca reached its star number 70 and somehow pulled out a thorn after the recent elimination it had suffered after falling in the Copa Libertadores semifinals against Santos from Brazil.

RIVER AND A HIT FOR HISTORY
The final of the Argentine Super Cup between River Plate (champion of the Argentina Cup 2018/2019) and Racing Club (champion of the Argentine Super League of the same season) was played just in March 2021 in Santiago del Estero. And the Marcelo Gallardo’s team had no mercy on Juan Antonio Pizzi’s team, by thrashing him 5 to 0 with a forceful performance.

The goals of the match were scored by Borré, Julián Alvarez, De la Cruz, Suárez and Miranda, against. It was the 67th title in River’s history, and it was undoubtedly a hard blow for the Academy and for Pizzi.

COLUMBUS ACHIEVED A HISTORICAL TITLE
The date will be unforgettable for the fans of Colon of Santa Fe: June 4, 2021, the Sabalero It became champion for the first time in its history after beating Racing Club 3-0 in the Professional League Cup final.

The game was played at the San Juan del Bicentenario stadium. And the goals of the Santa Fe were scored by Rodrigo Aliendro, Cristian Bernardi and Alexis Castro, all in the complement.

As icing on the cake, those led by Eduardo Domínguez qualified for the Copa Libertadores in 2022. Pure emotion for the Sabaleros, a great from the Interior founded in 1905 who waited a lot for this first and historic consecration.

GALLARDO AND THE TASTE OF ADDING A LOCAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Nothing or very little can be discussed with Marcelo gallardo in his long journey as a River coach. Winner of many titles, among which he lacked at the local level was the conquest of a League.

He had been close on several occasions, one of them when on the last date of the 2019/2020 Super League, arriving first by a point of difference, Boca de Russo took the title from him.

The revenge came in 2021 with the conquest of the Professional Football League, a tournament that the Millionaire won indisputably, making a huge difference over rivals. River was devoted to four dates from the end, marking a notorious superiority in almost the entire championship.

BOCA ENDED THE YEAR AS IT BEGAN IT: CELEBRATING
Xeneize had started 2021 with the Diego Armando Maradona Cup, and closed the year with the conquest of the Argentina Cup. Thus, despite the team’s football ups and downs and the change in DT, the balance ended up being positive for Xeneize.

Those of Sebastián Battaglia, who had eliminated River in the round of 16 (when the coach was still Miguel Angel Russo), won on penalties against Talleres de Córdoba, after tying the game 0-0 in the 90 minutes. Agustín Rossi became strong under the three suits and showed his potential when saving penalties, to help de la Ribera to add a new star.

BONUS TRACK
Argentine football, hand in hand with the National Team, will not forget this 2021. The conquest of the Copa América was one of the most important moments of the year. A long-awaited achievement, as the national team had not celebrated a title since the 1993 Copa América.

And a debt paid by Messi and company, after many frustrations suffered in recent times, such as the defeats in the finals against Chile and the fall against Germany in the 2014 World Cup.

But the Pulga and the Albiceleste had their revenge, winning nothing less than the final at Maracana and against Brazil. From the hand of Scaloni and his “Scaloneta”, Argentina once again shouted champion and consolidated as a team with pretensions facing the World Cup in Qatar, to which it is already classified.