After rain washed out Racing and Tigre’s Primera clash a couple of weeks ago after 23 minutes, the two sides met again in Avellaneda on Wednesday evening and resuming with the score at 1-1, it was Diego Cocca’s side that ran away with the end result.
Goals from Diego González and Sebastián Rincón had the game all square at kickoff but it didn’t take long for Racing to take control.
Gustavo Bou raced on to Lautaro Martínez’s pass to fire the ball past Nelson Ibáñez before the Argentina under-20 striker headed a goal of his own after half time.
Pablo Cuadra replaced the impressive Martínez and within minutes made an impact when his mazy dribble into the penalty area was halted by the clumsy Paulo Lima allowing Bou to cheekily chip his penalty down the middle for number four.
Four wins in a row now for La Academia has supporters dreaming of another title under Diego Cocca.
A little later in Córdoba and fellow Avellaneda giants Independiente were enjoying a deserved victory over Talleres.
The two sides were joined by Belgrano’s players at kickoff as a tribute to Emanuel Balboa, who died during the Clásico Cordobés at the weekend and after some poignant words from the captains, attention turned back to the football.
The meeting of two counter-attacking sides always looked likely to be decided by fine margins and so it proved as Independiente defended superbly to deny their hosts any real opportunities.
The goals both came indirectly via the threat of Emiliano Rigoni – the first a dreadful own goal by Sebastián Palacios, in his effort to prevent the pacy forward reaching a through ball, and the second, a poacher’s strike from Emanuel Gigliotti after Germán Herrera had parried Rigoni’s shot.
El Rojo remain the best side in the league away from home but Ariel Holan must now address how best to get results back in Avellaneda if Independiente are to climb the table.