Racing edge Atlético Tucumán in thriller, Newell’s ease past Aldosivi to close on Boca & Banfield beat Quilmes (VIDEO)


Question marks still hang over Racing’s defensively but there is no doubting the turnaround under Diego Cocca as La Academia defeated Atlético Tucumán in the Cilindro to notch up a fifth straight win.

Diego González put the home side ahead after quarter of an hour with a terrific volley from the edge of the penalty but El Decano proved all afternoon that they would not be discouraged easily and thanks to Iván Pillud’s clumsy defending swiftly equalised through a Luis Rodríguez penalty.

Miguel Barbieri headed Racing back in front before half time but shortly after the restart Leandro González fired the visitors level again with a fierce long range strike.

Racing led for the third time minutes later when Gustavo Bou scrambled in from close range after seeing his initial effort saved and when Marco Torsiglieri headed the fourth, the points finally seemed secure.

However, La Pulga Rodríguez headed his second with fifteen minutes remaining to ensure a nervy finish but Racing held on for another victory. The result leaves La Academia only five points behind Boca overnight and dreams of Diego Cocca leading the club to another title are growing.

Racing Club  4 – 3  Atlético Tucumán

A little earlier in Mar del Plata and Newell’s Old Boys maintained their title challenge with a routine victory over Aldosivi to close the gap at the top to just two points.

After a goalless first half, Mauro Formica poked La Lepra ahead and having sliced through the home defence once with some intricate passing only for Nacho Scocco to somehow miss the target, Diego Osella’s side repeated the trick for Maxi Rodríguez to double the lead.

Much has been made of Newell’s ability to remain organised and keep clean sheets but on Saturday, their movement and passing was outstanding. Victor Figueroa wrapped up the points from the penalty spot in stoppage time and there appears to be slowing La Lepra’s bid to topple Boca.

Aldosivi  0 – 3  Newell’s Old Boys


In the Estadio Florencio Sola, Banfield ensured that Quilmes remain deep in relegation danger with a 2-0 win.

Brian Sarmiento tucked away a first half penalty but the visitors will know that they were their own worst enemies after having Gabriel Ramírez and Matías Escobar sent off either side of half time and Federico Andrada seeing a penalty saved by Hilario Navarro.

Darío Cvitanich made certain of the win over nine-man Quilmes four minutes from time and Julio César Falcioni’s side maintain their excellent home form.

Banfield  2 – 0  Quilmes

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