Marcos Acuña is certainly making Ricardo Zielinski’s start to life as Racing coach as easy as possible and the 24-year-old produced one of his best performances to date to completely sweep aside Vélez Sarsfield in a dominant opening 45 minutes. While La Academia celebrated a routine away win, Vélez were plunged into further crisis as the full time whistle brought conflict between the barra brava and the police and coach Cristian Bassedas resigned.
Lisandro López’s return to the starting eleven after a spell on the sidelines through injury yielded an almost immediate reward as the veteran striker slipped in Acuña to open the scoring after 12 minutes.
The first owed as much to the fine centre forward play of López but the second was all about Acuña. The midfielder cut inside and despite being surrounded by five Vélez defenders somehow managed to find a way through to double the lead.
The home side were on the ropes and before half time the match was as good as over. Acuña clipped the ball over the defence and López brought it down, lifted it over Alan Aguerre and headed the ball into the empty net.
With the foot off the gas Racing cruised to victory but the drama at Vélez was far from over. The barra brava attempted to enter the dressing room and amid threats to the players and fights with the police, the news was reported that coach Cristian Bassedas had resigned.
Just a few years ago El Fortín were held up as an example of a well-run football club in Argentina but they now find themselves in the midst of relegation trouble and on the lookout for another coach.
Vélez Sarsfield 0 – 3 Racing Club