It’s down to the final two teams for the first year of the torneo—and neither one expected to get this far.
The job of the Serie Preliminar complete, the first postseason teams of the Liga Nacional move into the Eliminatoria and Interdivisional. It’s serious now.
As the 1871 season ends, thirty-two teams—forty percent of the league—advance into a second, even weirder, experiment. This is the story of the first torneo.
39 teams lost their first game of 1871. The Ingenieros, though, would spend the rest of that week ensuring everyone knew they were like no other team.