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Masterful River crowned Primera champions

Gabriel Mercado celebrates his goal during River''s 5-0 humiliation of Quilmes.
River Plate had the destiny of the Final championship in their own hands this afternoon, and sealed their first title in six years with a brilliant 5-0 destruction of Quilmes in the Monumental.

Two goals from Fernando Cavenaghi and strikes from Gabi Mercado, Teo Gutiérrez and Pablo Ledesma sealed victory for the Millonario, who finished ahead of Estudiantes and Gimnasia after the final round of matches.

The team directed by Ramón Díaz went into a three-horse race for the top knowing that a win in Núñez, whatever the results elsewhere, would conserve a two-point lead and deliver the title. Striker Cavenaghi got the hosts off to the perfect start, converting the opener early on in the first half; and from there, the result never appeared in doubt.

The 60,000 fans who had packed the Monumental were treated to River's biggest win of the season. Mercado poked home to double the lead, before a spectacular strike from Ledesma and Cavenaghi's second put the result beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Gutiérrez's late finish to make it 5-0 was little more than adding insult to injury for a demoralised Quilmes team, who were second-best throughout the encounter.

In the other two clashes that could have affected the Final's destiny, neither La Plata institution could grab the win needed to give themselves even a hypothetical title chance. Estudiantes went down 2-1 away to Tigre, while Luciano Acosta's goal led Boca to a 1-0 win over Gimnasia.

FINAL STANDINGS AFTER 19 GAMES

1 - River Plate (37 points)
2 - Estudiantes (32 points)
3 - Godoy Cruz (32 points)
4 - Gimnasia (31 points)
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