1990–91 in Argentine football

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Football in Argentina
Season 1990–91
1989–90 Argentina 1991–92

The 1990-1991 season saw the introduction of the Apertura and Clausura system in Argentina. Newell's Old Boys won the Apertura 1990 and Boca Juniors won the Clausura 1991. The two teams faced each other in a playoff to decide the overall champions, which was won by Newell's. There was a great deal of controversy over this as Boca Juniors had won the Clausura without losing a game, but losing the playoff had cost them their first official championship since 1981. In subsequent seasons the winners of both the Apertura and Clausura have been officially recognised as champions.

Torneo Apertura ("Opening" Tournament)[edit]

Position Team Points Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 Newell's Old Boys 28 19 11 6 2 30 13 17
2 River Plate 26 19 11 4 4 29 13 16
3 Vélez Sársfield 24 19 8 8 3 27 18 9
4 Argentinos Juniors 23 19 9 5 5 25 17 8
5 Rosario Central 23 19 9 5 5 26 21 5
6 Ferro Carril Oeste 23 19 7 9 3 19 16 3
7 Estudiantes de La Plata 20 19 6 8 5 17 17 0
8 Boca Juniors 19[1] 19 6 7 6 18 16 2
9 Huracán 19 19 5 9 5 20 19 1
10 Independiente 18 19 6 6 7 21 22 -1
11 San Lorenzo 18[2] 19 4 10 5 15 18 -3
12 Talleres de Córdoba 18 19 7 4 8 23 27 -4
13 Racing Club 17 19 2 13 4 19 21 -2
14 Gimnasia de La Plata 16 19 2 12 5 15 20 -5
15 Platense 16 19 5 6 8 16 22 -6
16 Chaco For Ever 16 19 6 4 9 19 28 -9
17 Mandiyú 15 19 4 7 8 17 21 -4
18 Deportivo Español 14 19 4 6 9 18 24 -6
19 Unión de Santa Fe 13 19 4 5 10 21 28 -7
20 Lanús 11 19 3 5 11 11 27 -16
Newell's Old Boys to play in the championship decider
Teams highlighted in blue qualified for the Liguilla Pre-Libertadores

Relegation[edit]

There is no relegation after the Apertura. For the relegation results of this tournament see below

Torneo Clausura ("Closing" Tournament)[edit]

Position Team Points Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 Boca Juniors 32 19 13 6 0 32 6 26
2 San Lorenzo 27 19 11 5 3 29 18 11
3 Mandiyú 23 19 8 7 4 20 13 7
4 Racing Club 23 19 9 5 5 23 22 1
5 Independiente 22 19 6 10 3 22 15 7
6 Vélez Sársfield 21 19 7 7 5 25 22 3
7 Huracán 21 19 7 7 5 16 16 0
8 Newell's Old Boys 20 19 6 8 5 21 14 7
9 Estudiantes de La Plata 19 19 6 7 6 18 15 3
10 River Plate 19 19 4 11 4 19 19 0
11 Platense 19 19 5 9 5 11 16 -5
12 Lanús 18 19 5 8 6 15 16 -1
13 Unión de Santa Fe 18 19 3 12 4 21 26 -5
14 Gimnasia de La Plata 17 19 4 9 6 16 22 -6
15 Rosario Central 16 19 4 8 7 15 23 -8
16 Ferro Carril Oeste 15 19 2 11 6 15 20 -5
17 Deportivo Español 14 19 4 6 9 22 25 -3
18 Argentinos Juniors 13 19 3 7 9 19 30 -11
19 Chaco For Ever 12 19 1 10 8 15 26 -11
20 Talleres de Córdoba 11 19 4 3 12 24 34 -10
Boca Juniors to play in the championship decider
Teams highlighted in blue qualified for the Liguilla Pre-Libertadores

Championship decider[edit]

1st Leg 2nd leg Aggregate Penalty shootout
Newell's Old Boys Boca Juniors 1-0 0-1 1-1 3-1

Top Scorer[edit]

The top scorer over the combined championships was Esteban González of Vélez Sársfield, with 18 goals.

Relegation[edit]

Team Average Points Played 1988-89 1989-90 1990-1991
Boca Juniors 1.254 143 114 49 43 51
River Plate 1.254 143 114 45 53 45
Independiente 1.237 141 114 55 46 40
San Lorenzo 1.070 122 114 42 35 45
Racing Club 1.061 121 114 42 39 40
Vélez Sársfield 1.053 120 114 33 42 45
Huracán 1.053 40 38 N/A N/A 40
Newell's Old Boys 1.044 119 114 35 36 48
Rosario Central 1.035 118 114 36 43 39
Argentinos Juniors 1.018 116 114 42 38 36
Estudiantes de La Plata 1.009 115 114 42 34 39
Talleres de Córdoba 0.956 109 114 44 36 29
Gimnasia de La Plata 0.947 108 114 36 39 33
Ferro Carril Oeste 0.939 107 114 30 39 38
Mandiyú 0.939 107 114 33 36 38
Deportivo Español 0.921 105 114 46 31 28
Platense 0.912 104 114 33 36 35
Unión de Santa Fe 0.882 67 76 N/A 36 31
Chaco For Ever 0.789 60 76 N/A 32 28
Lanús 0.763 29 38 N/A N/A 29

Liguilla Pre-Libertadores[edit]

Teams highlighted in light blue, in the league tables above qualified for the Liguilla Pre-Libertadores.

Quarter-finals

Home (1st leg) Home (2nd leg) 1st Leg 2nd leg Aggregate
Independiente San Lorenzo 1-1 1-2 2-3
River Plate Mandiyú 2-0 2-0 4-0
Velez Sarsfield Racing Club 3-0 1-5 4-5
Boca Juniors Argentinos Juniors 0-1 2-0 2-1

Semi-finals

Home (1st leg) Home (2nd leg) 1st Leg 2nd leg Aggregate
Boca Juniors Racing Club 1-1 0-0 1-1 (4-2pk)
River Plate San Lorenzo 0-0 0-0 0-0 (1-4pk)

Final

Home (1st leg) Home (2nd leg) 1st Leg 2nd leg Aggregate
San Lorenzo Boca Juniors 1-0 1-0 2-0

Argentine clubs in international competitions[edit]

Team Supercopa 1990 Copa Libertadores 1991
Boca Juniors QF SF
Estudiantes de La Plata SF did not qualify
Argentinos Juniors QF did not qualify
Racing Club QF did not qualify
River Plate Round 1 Round 1
Independiente Round 1 did not qualify

References[edit]

  1. ^ The game with San Lorenzo resulted in both teams being awarded a 0-1 defeat due to violence resulting in the death of a supporter.
  2. ^ The game with Boca Juniors resulted in both teams being awarded a 0-1 defeat due to violence resulting in the death of a supporter.