Racing unbeaten in Avellaneda in fourteen matches host Olimpo, winless outside Bahía Blanca in fifteen so there is only one winner, right? Well, the Argentine Primera never fails to surprise and so the visitors claiming a huge three points in their bid to avoid relegation perhaps shouldn’t be so much of a shock.
Víctor López headed Los Aurinegros ahead on the half hour mark against the run of play but the home side would still have been confident to overturning the lead. The pressure on the Olimpo goal increased and when Fernando Espinoza pointed to the spot for a handball, it appeared their resolve would be broken. However, Nereo Champagne saved Gustavo Bou’s effort to set up a tense final twenty minutes. Lautaro Martínez had the ball in the net but a linesman’s flag denied him the equaliser and with the home side pushing forward, it was Olimpo that snatched the next goal. Jonathan Blanco raced onto a one-two and drilled the ball past Agustín Orión for a rare away win.
Victory in the clásico two weeks ago gave Ricardo Zielinski a brief respite but after the defeat to Boca and now this, El Ruso is back in the spotlight and in need of results. With potential player exits over the break, it is a period of uncertainty for La Academia.
In La Plata, Gimnasia hosted one of the few Primera sides in worse form than them and the league’s lowest scorers in Belgrano but were ultimately grateful to Lorenzo Faravelli’s goal fifteen minutes from time to prevent El Pirata chalking up what would have been only a second win of the season. Matías Suárez scored his first goal since returning to the club but Leonardo Madelón’s side were unable to hold on for a much needed three points.
Gimnasia 1 – 1 Belgrano
Racing Club 0 – 2 Olimpo