Belgrano had only won once all season but on the day that El Pirata celebrated 112 years of existence, Leonardo Madelón’s side doubled that tally with victory over Racing.
With the Estadio Kempes’ pitch still unplayable, Belgrano were forced to host Racing at the stadium of Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba and it proved something of a lucky charm as second half goals by Jorge Velázquez and Fernando Márquez punished a flat performance from the visitors.
The optimism of last weekend within Racing when Diego Cocca marked his return with a dominant win over Lanús has been tempered and La Academia must immediately resolve their issues on the road, where they have won just twice.
In the descenso table, Sarmiento claimed a vital win over rivals Temperley thanks to two stunning goals in the space of two second half minutes.
With both sides rooted in the relegation zone, three points were critical so when Marcos Figueroa’s free kick managed to drift beyond everyone in the penalty box and inside Julio Chiarini’s far post, it was advantage Temperley.
Sarmiento needed something and Gervasio Núñez provided it just after the hour mark with a perfectly struck free kick.
A minute later and El Verde led as a wonderful passage of play culminated in Adrián Balboa acrobatically volleying the ball into the net.
The home side held on for the points and although both remain in the bottom four, Sarmiento will have a renewed belief that they can achieve another miraculous escape.