Deflected D’Alessandro free-kick hands River fortunate win, Racing edge Arsenal & Patronato earn first away victory (VIDEO)

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Marcelo Gallardo was looking for a response from his River Plate side after suffering their first defeat of the season last weekend but despite not getting the desired performance, Los Millonarios did at least claim a valuable three points after Andrés D’Alessandro’s deflected free-kick condemned Atlético de Rafaela to defeat.

La Crema’s bid to avoid relegation may have come too late but Juan Manuel Llop’s side are certainly making a fist of it and on Saturday evening gave River a considerable fright in the Monumental. The visitors were deserving of at least a point with River badly missing Nacho Fernández in central midfield but were left to rue a slice of tremendous bad luck with D’Alessandro’s winner.

In Avellaneda, Racing also bounced back from defeat in round six to record a 1-0 win over Arsenal and remain in the chasing pack.

La Academia had plenty of chances to make the scoreline more comfortable but were ultimately indebted to Diego González’s first goal for the club. Pulpito stuck out a leg to divert Luciano Aued’s long range shot into the net after 26 minutes and it proved to be the winner.

And finally in Santa Fe, Patronato claimed a first away win since gaining promotion to the top flight, a week after beating River to pick up a first three points of the season. Colón had been unbeaten and not conceded a goal before last week’s defeat to Vélez but were behind in four minutes on Saturday. Fernando Telechea’s header caught the home side cold and despite El Sabalero dominating the match from then on, their lack of firepower proved costly.

Colón  0 – 1  Patronato

Racing Club  1 – 0  Arsenal de Sarandí

River Plate  1 – 0  Atlético de Rafaela

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