For 85 minutes Sunday’s Clásico de Avellaneda was absolutely dreadful as Independiente and Racing toiled and battled in the midfield without really creating anything of note. When Emiliano Rigoni released Leandro Fernández for the recent summer signing to score his first goal for his new club in the 86th minute it looked as though El Rojo had nicked all three points. However, as the game crept into stoppage time and Racing probed for an equaliser, their returning hero Lisandro López produced the game’s one moment of real quality. Oscar Romero clipped the ball into the centre and the veteran striker caught the ball perfectly with a text book bicycle kick which left Diego Rodríguez no chance.
A share of the points was undoubtedly a fair result but Independiente will certainly feel like it was two points dropped after snatching the lead so late. Racing remain without a win in the Primera this season but such a significant goal could provide the catalyst for Facundo Sava’s side to turn the corner.