Racing’s primary target this week was achieved when they qualified for the Copa Libertadores group stage with victory over Puebla but at risk of slipping behind in the title race early, La Academia needed three points from the visit of San Martín to Avellaneda. Defeat to Atlético Tucumán last Sunday required a recovery performance but Javier Toledo’s last minute equaliser meant it was another two points dropped for Facundo Sava’s side. Gustavo Bou had given Racing a first half lead after a huge error from Luis Ardente in the San Martín goal gifted the striker the ball but the visitors responded after the break. Daniel González’s low shot found a way past Sebastián Saja, who appeared slow to get down to his right, but the impressive Óscar Romero restored the lead with a thunderous long range strike. The little Paraguayan is rapidly becoming Racing’s key figure and his left-footed rocket had appeared to have given the home side the points. However, with a minute of normal time remaining, a cutback from the left found substitute Toledo and he smashed the ball into the roof of the net. Already five points off the top of Zona B, Racing have an important couple of weeks ahead; Newell’s away, the clásico and Boca Juniors, up next in the league with Libertadores matches in between, Racing need to find form and fast.
Vélez Sarsfield were in desperate need of a win after a disappointing opening weekend defeat and thanks to former Arsenal target, Maxi Romero’s first senior goal for the club, El Fortín celebrated a much-needed three points. Cristian Nasuti had given the home side an early lead but when Alan Aguerre fumbled a cross and allowed Walter Acuña to tap in an equaliser it looked as though it could be another painful evening for Vélez’s suffering faithful. With a little over ten minutes remaining a good move down the right eventually found 17-year-old Romero in the box and although Nereo Champagne got a good hand to his shot, the ball sneaked into the net. It certainly isn’t a corner turned for Vélez but it could be a significant three points.