On Tuesday night, Racing made a devastating return to the Copa Libertadores as the partnership of Gustavo Bou and Diego Milito tore apart Deportivo Táchira but on Saturday evening in Bahía Blanca, Diego Cocca’s reshuffled side could not find the net. Racing dominated the match but even the second half introduction of Bou could not muster the all important goal even after Olimpo defender, Néstor Moiraghi was shown a second yellow card. The difficulty of balancing the Libertadores with the league is already evident and Cocca will need more from his second string if Racing are to challenge on both fronts.
In Rosario, Central staged a late comeback to see off the challenge of Tigre but unfortunately it was the head injury suffered by Tigre boss, Gustavo Alfaro after he was struck by a missile thrown from the home fans that made the headlines. The incident, twenty minutes into the second half, sparked the match to life and five minutes later it was the visitors who led. Kevin Itabel’s low cross was turned into his own net by Yeimar Goméz but the lead lasted just two minutes. Tiny attacker, Franco Neill danced between two defenders before firing a left footed shot past Javier García into the bottom corner and with the game edging into a huge amount of stoppage time, Tigre lost their heads. First, Marcelo Larrondo was shown a red card and then Leandro González Pirez picked up a second yellow card allowing Marco Ruben to poke in a winner in the twelfth minute of injury time.
Olimpo 0 – 0 Racing Club
Rosario Central 2 – 1 Tigre