After waiting three months for Primera action to return torrential rain across large parts of Argentina made for less than ideal conditions for football but there could be no excuse for Agustín Orión’s error which allowed newly promoted Talleres to leave the Cilindro de Avellenada with a point.
The former Boca goalkeeper was making his Racing league debut and after only eight minutes the 35-year-old managed to spill a low cross from Sebastián Palacios through his legs and divert the ball into the net.
On such a heavily waterlogged pitch it wasn’t easy for Racing to create the chances needed to get back into the game and certainly Óscar Romero couldn’t have his usual influence on the game. However, La Academia did find a way back when Marcos Acuña’s free kick managed to elude a host of players in the six yard box and skid past Guido Herrera.
The home side were unable to find a winner and so Frank Kudelka’s side earned a valuable first point back in the top flight.
Earlier in La Plata, Gimnasia dealt a harsh reminder to Vélez Sarsfield that Cristian Bassedas’ side are in the thick of a relegation scrap. Despite the home side having Facundo Oreja harshly sent off within seven minutes they remained the better side and took a deserved lead just before the hour mark when Franco Niell dashed onto Pablo Vegetti’s header in behind to delicately lift the ball over Alan Aguerre.
Vélez were woeful and with five minutes remaining had Leandro Desábato sent off for a second yellow card allowing debutant Nicolás Ibáñez to smartly volley El Lobo two in front.
In the Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario Central began what many supporters will hope is a title challenge but despite fielding the dangerous attacking trio of Giovani Lo Celso, Marco Ruben and Teo Gutiérrez, El Canalla were unable to break down a resolute Defensa y Justicia side.
Gimnasia 2 – 0 Vélez Sarsfield
Rosario Central 0 – 0 Defensa y Justicia
Racing Club 1 – 1 Talleres