Friday: Belgrano up to fourth while Estudiantes and Racing ends all square (VIDEO)

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Belgrano’s excellent start to 2015 continued last night in Junín as Ricardo Zielinski’s side made it three consecutive victories with a 3-1 win over Sarmiento and in the process moved, at least temporarily, up into fourth. The match did not start well for El Pirata when Jorge Vélezquez’s protruding elbow blocked Sebastián Luna’s inswinging free-kick and Mariano González pointed to the spot. Gervasio Nuñez converted the penalty for this fifth of the season but the home side could not hold out until half time and Emiliano Rigoni tapped in from close range to leave them all square at the break. Belgrano stepped it up after the interval and Rigoni volleyed them in front shortly before the hour mark leaving Claudio ‘Chiqui’ Pérez to wrap up the three points with an exquisite free-kick from the edge of the penalty area.

Later in La Plata, Racing were able to pair Diego Milito with Gustavo Bou for the second match running but Estudiantes managed to frustrate them and they shared the points. The match appeared to be heading for a goalless draw until a good break from El Pincha found former Boca man, Juan Sánchez Miño unmarked at the back post and he expertly fired the ball past Sebastián Saja for his first goal for Estudiantes. The lead didn’t last long and Racing’s goal scorer was little surprise. Brian Fernández, on for Milito, did well down the left and drew a decent save from Hilario Navarro but Gustavo Bou was quick to react and thumped in the rebound. Both sides pushed for a winner and the home side came close through the lively Luciano Acosta but Saja was equal to his fierce long range effort.

Sarmiento  1 – 3  Belgrano

Estudiantes  1 – 1  Racing Club

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