They left it late but Racing secured victory over Godoy Cruz in Avellaneda thanks to Gustavo Bou’s injury time winner.
Diego Cocca’s side were beaten by Belgrano last weekend and were unfortunate to be behind on Saturday evening after coming close on a number of occasions before Javier Correa fired El Tomba ahead shortly after half time.
La Academia continued to press and Bou went close with a free kick that clattered against the post but it wasn’t until the 84th minute that Diego González headed the home side level from close range.
Fabián Henríquez was shown a red card two minutes from time and with the man advantage and the crowd willing Racing forward, Bou forced a decisive second. A quick interchange of passes on the edge of the box eventually bobbled into the path of the striker and the Pantera blasted it past Rodrigo Rey.
Atlético de Rafaela failed to improve their chances of survival a great deal but did show admirable spirit to peg back Estudiantes and take a point from the visit of Nelson Vivas’ side.
Juan Otero had slotted the visitors ahead in the first half but La Crema forced an equaliser through Gabriel Gudiño after the break. However, a defensive lapse at an Estudiantes free kick minutes later, allowed Javier Toledo to swiftly reestablish the lead.
Atlético appeared to be heading for defeat until an inconspicuous free kick lumped into the Estudiantes penalty area was badly misjudged by young goalkeeper Daniel Sappa and allowed Gastón Campi a simple header.
Chances of a miraculous escape by Rafaela are slimmer with every passing round while Estudiantes could find themselves six points off the top by the end of the weekend.
Finally in La Plata, Gimnasia made it four wins on the bounce and inflicted a further blow to Sarmiento in the relegation battle with a hard-fought 1-0 win.
Nicolás Mazzola scored the only goal of the game shortly before half time and it proved enough for all three points.
Gimnasia 1 – 0 Sarmiento
Racing Club 2 – 1 Godoy Cruz
Atlético de Rafaela 2 – 2 Estudiantes