Soccer-River title challenge ended by Lanus thrashing (Reuters)

BUENOS AIRES, June 17 (Reuters) – River Plate’s challenge for the Argentine championship title ended with an undignified 5-1 defeat to Lanus, who maintained their own chances of pipping Newell’s Old Boys to the crown. River coach Ramon Diaz apologised for his team’s display after they found themselves 4-1 down after only half an hour in Sunday night’s match. “We didn’t want our challenge to finish like this,” Diaz told reporters after his side dropped six points behind leaders Newell’s Old Boys with one match to play. “I apologise to our supporters for the way we played today. …

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