They say lightning never strikes twice but for the second consecutive time, Racing Club travelled to Santa Fe province and were involved in a remarkable, goal-saturated game of football. La Academia’s 6-3 win over Unión was rightly viewed as something of a freak result but Facundo Sava’s side travelled to Rafaela and recorded victory by the same margin.
Federico Anselmo gave La Crema a lead with barely a minute on the clock but Racing responded almost immediately when Marcos Acuña’s free kick sneaked through the defensive wall and into the bottom corner. Just as they did against Unión, the goals kept coming and after 20 minutes it was 2-2. Lisandro López first putting Racing in front before Anselmo headed his second of the match.
Immediately after half time, the visitors retook the lead when Nicolás Sánchez’s cross from the right looped over substitute goalkeeper Axel Werner and inside the far post. López smashed in his second of the night to extend the lead before Gustavo Bou got back among the goals and made it five. Facundo Parra pulled one back but before Atlético could start dreaming of an unlikely fight back, Facundo Pereyra completed the rout.
As if the nine goals in Rafaela were not enough, Tigre and Newell’s played out an equally startling 3-3 draw in Victoria. Days after firing Mauro Camoranesi and agreeing a deal for Pedro Troglio to take over, Tigre must have thought they had pulled off a master stroke when the raced into a three-goal lead.
Lucas Janson’s splendid individual goal put the home side in front and the 21-year-old striker profitted from some poor Newell’s defending to double the lead after half an hour. Erik Godoy headed a third before half time but crucially Daniel Mancini pulled one back for La Lepra before the break.
Newell’s haven’t shown a great deal of resolve this season but when Emanuel Insúa reduced the lead, the visitors suddenly appeared the likelier winners. Ignacio Scocco nodded in an equaliser with more than 25 minutes remaining and La Lepra had the chances to snatch all three points.
Atlético Rafaela 3 – 6 Racing Club
Tigre 3 – 3 Newell’s Old Boys