Since plundering goals in Racing’s title win in 2014, Gustavo Bou’s tally in front of goal had declined somewhat but the 26-year-old striker looked back to his best on Saturday afternoon as he struck twice to give Racing an important win over a previously unbeaten Newell’s Old Boys side.
La Academia were the better side and took the lead after 39 minutes when Bou beat the offside trap to run onto Diego González’s fine pass from deep and slot the ball confidently past Luciano Pocrnjic.
All the action came in these few minutes before the break as Newell’s struck back through Mauro Formica only for Bou to immediately reestablish the lead. Racing were unable to kill off the game but were good value for the points and handed Diego Osella a first defeat of the season.
Vélez Sarsfield’s troubles continued and their latest defeat, away to San Martín, saw Omar De Felippe’s side slip to just above the drop zone in the descenso table. A Luis Ardente penalty and an Emanuel Dening header had the home side two-up at the break with Vélez unable to find a way back into the game. El Fortín are certainly not too big to go down but need to improve quickly if they are to avoid that fate.
In Santa Fe, Colón, the Primera’s meanest defence deservedly picked up a fifth win of the season against a dreadful Arsenal side, who just like Vélez, are in serious relegation danger. Pablo Ledesma’s first half penalty was sufficient but El Sabalero were far the better side and could have won by a greater margin.
Colón 1 – 0 Arsenal de Sarandí
Racing Club 2 – 1 Newell’s Old Boys
San Martín 2 – 0 Vélez Sarsfield