Independiente one step away from Argentina's top league

BUENOS AIRES, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Independiente defeated 2-1 Instituto de Cordoba on Sunday and is just one step away of promotion to Argentina's first division league.

Independiente and Instituto de Cordoba played the 41st and second-to-last matchday of Primera B, the second division of Argentine soccer.

The first goal was scored by Raul Damiani, from Instituto de Cordoba, at the 36th minute.

Later, Daniel Montenegro at minute 61 and Sebastian Penco at minute 87, scored Independiente's two goals.

Banfield, champion with 77 points, and Defensa y Justicia, runner-up with 72 points, have guaranteed their promotion to the first division.

Now, Independiente (66) and Huracan (64) will fight for the third ticket to the top league. Next week, they will play against Patronato de Parana (48) and Almirante Brown (42), respectively.

Independiente, the team from Avellaneda, a city in Greater Buenos Aires, is one of the five most popular teams of Argentina and it is the first time it is playing in the second division.