Atlético de Rafaela kicked off a day of surprising results in the Primera as the relegation threatened side inflicted a first defeat of the season on Ricardo Zielinski’s Racing in the Monumental. A sloppy performance by La Academia was punctuated with defensive lapses and La Crema took full advantage to record an invaluable victory.
Gabriel Gudiño opened the scoring midway through the first half when Racing failed to deal with a flick on by Ramiro Costa and this weakness proved costly in the second half.
Gustavo Bou brought Racing level in first half stoppage time with a superbly struck free kick and when Óscar Romero drilled the visitors in front from distance at around the hour mark it appeared La Academia would be heading for another three points.
However, Marco Borgnino came off the bench to tap Atlético level in the 76th minute and moments later pounced on further defensive hesitancy from Costa’s flick to clip the ball over Agustín Orión.
Despite Racing’s under-performance, La Crema are much improved this season and this could prove to be a hugely important three points come May.
In Liniers, Omar De Felippe made his debut as Vélez coach and will have been thrilled by the response from his players after coming from behind to end Colón’s impressive defensive record and record a morale boosting win.
Iván Torres gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of half time with a sensational long range strike and given Colón were yet to concede a goal this season, El Sabalero were strong favourites to hold on for another three points.
However, Hernán Barcos headed an equaliser shortly after half time and with ten minutes remaining Diego Zabala volleyed in the winner.
There is still a huge amount of work for De Felippe but the 54-year-old coach couldn’t have asked for a better start.
Atlético de Rafaela 3 – 2 Racing Club
Vélez Sarsfield 2 – 1 Colón