Racing’s focus is undoubtedly on Copa Libertadores qualification and ahead of the second leg of their playoff against Puebla, Facundo Sava selected a side which rested some of his stars but should have had enough to see off the spirited challenge of newly promoted Atlético Tucumán. Despite fielding Gustavo Bou, Oscar Romero and handing Rodrigo de Paul a first start on his return to the club, La Academia never really clicked into gear.
Fernando Zampedri nodded the home side in front after 20 minutes and when Sebastián Saja allowed a tame Leandro González shot to squirm under his body a minute into the second half, the upset appeared a reality. Racing upped their tempo and in a rare moment of quality, Romero crossed for Gustavo Bou to head a goal back. Sava’s side pushed for an equaliser and in their desperation saw Rodrigo de Paul booked for a contender of dive of the season but amid some narrow misses and a decent penalty shout, the goal never came. The result is a massive boost for El Decano and while defeat is a blow for Racing, the midweek clash with Puebla is all important.
Earlier in Florencio Varela, Defensa y Justicia squandered a two-goal lead after Unión produced an excellent second half display to deservedly share the points. Nicolás Stefanelli fired El Halcón into an early lead and when Agustín Bouzat added a second it looked as though Ariel Holan’s side would be picking up an important three points. However, after the break Ignacio Malcorra pulled one back from the penalty spot and in stoppage time Claudio Riaño poked in an equaliser after being left free at the back post from a corner.
River Plate had been scheduled to host Quilmes but the storm that struck Buenos Aires prior to kickoff left the Monumental submerged and so the two sides will try again on Monday at 7:15pm.