Facundo Sava will know that his Racing side did not perform to the level that they are capable of on Wednesday night in México but will be relieved that with two away goals, La Academia are now favourites to progress past Puebla and reach the Copa Libertadores group stage.
Racing made the worst possible start and Sebastián Saja will perhaps not want to watch it back after the normally reliable goalkeeper allowed Matías Alustiza’s free kick to beat him at his near post after only two minutes.
However, the lead didn’t last long and when Cristian Campestrini failed to gather Marcos Acuña’s low cross it allowed Gustavo Bou to tap in the simplest of equalisers.
An indication of Racing’s frustration was the disagreement between Bou and Diego Milito as the two left the field but it could have been far worse. After the break, Saja tripped David Toledo as he skipped around him and although a penalty was awarded, with defenders rushing back he was spared a red card.
Former Chacarita striker, Alustiza slotted in his second from the spot but Racing found a vital equaliser. Oscar Romero’s clipped ball into the box was never cleared and with Campestrini floundering, Ricardo Noir side-footed the ball into the net.
With two away goals, Racing will be confident of seeing off Puebla in Avellaneda next week.
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