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River Plate promoted to Argentina 1st division

India TV News Desk 24 Jun 2012, 13:11:38 IST
India TV News Desk
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Jun 24: River Plate was promoted to Argentina's first division after defeating Almirante Brown 2-0 in the last round of matches to finish top of the second division on Saturday.

Former France international David Trezeguet scored the second-half goals, both of which were set up by halftime substitute Rogelio Funes Mori.

"Today we completed the objective of returning River to where it deserves to be, the first division," said Trezeguet. "I am very happy to have been able to help contribute in reaching the goal."

River Plate has won the Argentine first-division title a record 33 times but was relegated a year ago, sparking riots in Buenos Aires by angry fans.

Trezeguet opened the scoring four minutes after halftime, running onto a pass from Funes Mori and striking a left-foot shot from the left edge of the penalty area inside the far post.

Almirante Brown players complained to the referee that Mori was offside and TV replays showed they were correct.

Trezeguet added his second one minute from the end, with Funes Mori breaking free down the right wing and laying off a low cross for the Frenchman to tap in.

"The end showed that the tournament is not easy, River Plate coach Matias Almeyda said. "Starting from now we will return to being one of the world*s great teams."

River's promotion means the derby against Boca Juniors — one of world football's most famous rivalries — will resume next season.

One of the stands in River's Monumental Stadium was empty due to the death of a fan during the game between River and Boca Unidos two weeks ago.

Quilmes was the other automatically promoted club after it won 2-0 against Guillermo Brown.