Despite Racing’s slow start they are beginning to reel in zona two leaders, Lanús after a 2-1 win over their rivals in the Cilindro on Friday night. El Granate were yet to taste defeat in 2016 but failed to really get going in the opening 45 minutes and were unable to make it to half time level after Óscar Romero slotted the home side in front a minute into stoppage time. Jorge Almirón’s league leaders improved after the break and in the 73rd minute looked like they might have snatched a point. A wonderfully worked move was finished by substitute Miguel Almirón but parity didn’t last long. With ten minutes remaining, Racing broke and when Lisandro López squared the ball for Diego Milito, the veteran striker poked the ball past Fernando Monetti. Three consecutive wins now for Facundo Sava’s Racing and after moving to within five points of Lanús suddenly a title challenge looks realistic.
A little later in Rosario, Diego Osella was agonisingly denied a first victory as Newell’s Old Boy’s manager when Nahuén Paz stuck out a boot and deflected Esteban Orfano’s shot into his own net deep into injury time. Atlético Rafaela have been awful in recent weeks but were probably worthy of a point in the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa despite looking to have been beaten by Maxi Rodríguez’s early second half strike. Both sides remain in trouble with a just one win apiece all season and there was little to suggest that either were improving any time soon.