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Losing the player voted best of the Apertura championship in the first half of the season to an injury that will keep him out for the whole of the Clausura seemed to dash any hopes Racing Club had of the Argentine title.
As with Boca Juniors’ loss of Juan Roman Riquelme to injury in the Apertura, so Racing feared the worst when Colombian Giovanni Moreno damaged knee ligaments in their opening match.
Worse still, Racing lost at home to Boca in their second match – the Boca side that with a not fully fit Riquelme in midfield had lost their opener by a crushing 4-1 scoreline at home to Godoy Cruz.
Who are Godoy Cruz? This modest team from Mendoza way to the west in the Andean foothills making a creditable debut in the Libertadores Cup (South America’s champions league) may not win the Clausura but they are making a good job of being major arbiters of the outcome.