All Boys, Estadio Islas Malvinas

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All Boys 1-2 Talleres de Córdoba, 05/06/16, B Nacional (2nd Tier)

The day was all about Talleres. After 12 years they returned to la Primera with a storybook finish. All Boys looked like they’d done enough to spoil the party but the Cordobeses went home with the result they needed.

All Boys are a well-supported club based in Floresta in Buenos Aires, they have little success in their 103 year history, however. La Peste Blanca (the white plague) have mainly bounced around the lower divisions but enjoy their time when they do reach la Primera.

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Albo needed to win to ease their relegation worries. Meanwhile Talleres’ situation was clear: a win would see them promoted, with chasing Chacarita Juniors and Boca Unidos unable to catch them with 2 games remaining.

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Match tickets were supposedly not on sale to non-members, however it didn’t take much effort to acquire them off the saleswoman, and at half the originally quoted price. Inside the stadium the flags and banners were hanging upside down, a common show of protest in Argentine football stadiums.

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A first half red card for Talleres gave All Boys a foothold in the game, and finally with about 5 minutes of normal time remaining they scored. However the fans were still celebrating when Talleres equalised 30 seconds later – a point may have proven enough to see them promoted if the goal difference stayed in their favour.

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Deep in injury time however, Talleres’ man-of-the-match captain stepped up to fire an impressive winner. More importantly it meant the last 2 games of the season would be moot and Talleres had been promoted. The small group of visiting fans (technically banned but ‘family members’ are allowed to attend games) celebrated wildly as All Boys despaired. Two clubs going in opposite directions…

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