An interesting day in the title race saw San Lorenzo and Racing both drop points and lose ground on leaders Boca Juniors. San Lorenzo had to make do with a point on their trip to face Gabriel Heinze’s Godot Cruz, while Racing were stunned by Quilmes for just a third defeat of the season. At the other end of the table, Huracán ended their torrid run of results with a narrow victory over Estudiantes to slightly ease their relegation worries.
San Lorenzo were hoping to exert some pressure on Boca by kicking off earlier in Mendoza and claiming another three points and although Martín Cauteruccio scrapped an opening goal early in the second half, Los Cuervos could not hold on for the win. Matías Carruzzo was shortly after shown a second yellow card and when Pablo Barrientos followed him for an early bath with fifteen minutes remaining it allowed the home side to push for an equaliser. Less than two minutes after gaining a two-man advantage, La Tomba were level when Leandro Fernández beat Sebastián Torrico from the penalty spot. In the circumstances, holding on for a point is valuable but San Lorenzo now find themselves three points behind Boca.
Racing find themselves even further off the pace now after defeat to Quilmes leaves them seven points adrift. Washington Camacho gave La Academia an early lead but a sensational free-kick from Rodrigo ‘Droopy’ Gómez, on-loan from rivals Independiente, levelled the match. Early in the second half, Quilmes found a winner and once more if was Gómez at the centre of it. The midfielder skipped into the Racing penalty area and was caught by the on-rushing Sebastián Saja prompting Federico Beligoy to point to the spot. Saja and Racing were enraged but Claudio Bieler just managed to squeeze his spotkick under the goalkeeper and give Los Cerveceros the lead. Quilmes head on for a surprising three points and Racing now face a real battle to make up the ground if they are to retain their league title.
In Parque Patricios, Huracán were able to breathe a sigh of relief after recording only a second victory in twelve league games. Ramón ‘Wanchope’ Ábila’s goal in first-half stoppage time was just enough to inflict a first defeat for Gabi Milito as Estudiantes boss and help El Globo move away from the relegation zone.