Copa Libertadores involvement meant that Jorge Almirón fielded a second-string Lanús side for Sunday’s trip to Avellaneda but the title winning coach will be disappointed with how his side were dismantled by an impressive Racing side.
It took less than two minutes for Gustavo Bou to cross and pick out the head of Argentina under-20 international Lautaro Martínez among a sea of static Lanús defenders and the young striker showed no hesitation in nodding Racing ahead.
Bou doubled the lead from the penalty spot midway through the first half and the match already looked over.
Lanús posed almost no threat and when Marcos Acuña volleyed a third shortly after half time, the points were secured. There will be far greater tests ahead for Racing but Diego Cocca couldn’t have asked for a smoother return to the Cilindro.
In La Plata, Gimnasia made a winning start to the second half of the season with a comfortable 3-1 win over Quilmes.
Lucas Licht slotted in a penalty to open the scoring and Fabián Rinaudo made it two in spectacular fashion with a fierce long range effort that flew into the top corner from 30 yards.
Hernán Da Campo volleyed a goal back for Quilmes with fifteen minutes remaining but Mauro Matos ensured victory for El Lobo with a fine finish from outside the penalty area.
Temperley remain in serious relegation danger but got off to a perfect start with a 3-1 win against Tigre in the Estadio Alfredo Beranger.
Luciano Vázquez broke the deadlock from close range just before half time and although Carlos Luna headed Tigre level in the second half, Temperley responded immediately.
Marcos Figueroa reestablished the lead two minutes later and Mauro Guevgeozián drilled in a debut goal to wrap up three vital points for El Gasolero.
Racing Club 3 – 0 Lanús
Gimnasia 3 – 1 Quilmes
Temperley 3 – 1 Tigre