Racing draw against Tigre and Independiente beat Vélez with last minute penalty as both sides enter the Libertadores playoffs (VIDEO)


Racing’s hopes of automatic Copa Libertadores qualification hinged far more on the results of San Lorenzo and Rosario Central but with the former picking up the win needed to finish second, Racing’s goalless draw with Tigre became academic. That being said, La Academia will feel that they were denied three points in Victoria after having an early goal disallowed and seeing a couple of decent penalty shouts waved away. A fourth placed finish for Diego Cocca’s side means that they still have plenty of work left to do if they are to seal the final Argentina place in the Copa Libertadores.

The playoff awaits and Racing’s fierce rivals, Independiente will be joining them. El Rojo’s place in the playoff was already confirmed but on Sunday night they closed their regular season with a contentious victory over Vélez Sarfield. A poor match was already deep into injury time when Martín Benítez drilled a shot towards the Vélez goal, Leandro Desábato blocked the shot but Ariel Penel pointed to the spot. The visitors were enraged and Desábato, with blood coming from his nose, protested that it was his face that stopped the ball. It was, but Desábato also had his hands in front of his face to protect himself and in doing so committed a hand-ball, albeit a harsh one. Independiente goalkeeper, Diego Rodríguez smashed the penalty past Alan Aguerre and it stole all three points for Mauricio Pellegrino’s Libertadores hopefuls.

Tigre  0 – 0  Racing Club

Independiente  1 – 0  Vélez Sarsfield

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