For those still stupefied after the boredom of the superclásico, Unión and Racing provided the perfect antidote with a match of sheer madness in Santa Fe. Goals simply rained up until the full time whistle and even after an incredible opening 30 minutes which saw La Academia take the lead three times, the attacking intent and lack of defending never relented. A further late flurry after the home side had Emanuel Britez sent off saw Facundo Sava’s side pull away at last and complete a remarkable 6-3 victory.
Ricardo Noir fired Racing in front after five minutes sparking a back and forth half an hour of football where almost every shot on goal ended in the net. Bruno Pittón struck the first equaliser after a weak punch from Sebastián Saja only for Gastón Díaz to reestablish the visitors lead.
Claudio Riaño levelled it up after 27 minutes before Diego Milito took advantage of a poorly defended set piece to thump Racing into the lead for the third time from close range.
The goals temporarily dried up but shortly after the break, Unión were level again when Diego Villar tapped in against his former club to make it 3-3 and had it not been for a smart save from Saja, Villar may have given his new side the lead.
Diego Milito almost immediately smashed Racing into a 4-3 lead after Roger Martínez’s initial effort had come back off the post and it put an end to the home side’s resistance. Defender Emanuel Britez was shown a red card in somewhat unclear circumstance and as the game crept into stoppage time, Martínez and Lisandro López completed the rout.
Some of Racing’s attacking play was superb but their defence minus Luciano Lollo appeared incredibly fragile and against better organised sides than Unión will not go unpunished.