If Argentina’s under-20s are to achieve anything at the World Cup next month, Lautaro Martínez will be key and on Saturday evening, the 19-year-old was the inspiration for Racing’s 2-1 win over Sarmiento in Junín.
After a goalless first half, Martínez provided the breakthrough with a smart turn, positive drive towards the Sarmiento penalty area and a well-struck low shot into the bottom corner from 22 yards.
Soon after, the youngster doubled the lead when he poked in Marcos Acuña’s cut back from the left but Racing were unable to rest on their laurels as Sarmiento ensured a nervy end to the game.
Marcos Astini pulled a goal back with a perfectly placed curled finish and when the same player struck the woodwork shortly after, Racing’s three points looked in danger. However, Diego Cocca’s side held on and while La Academia climb to sixth, relegation is looking increasingly likely for Sarmiento.
In Bahía Blanca, Vélez Sarsfield secured a first away win of the season and a massive three points in their survival bid against relegation rivals, Olimpo.
Diego Zabala scored the only goal of the game, rifling the ball past Adrián Gabbarini after eight minutes but Omar de Felippe’s young side probably did enough to deserve the win.
The result lifts Vélez further away from the drop zone while Olimpo slip below Arsenal and into the bottom four.