For 94 minutes it looked as though Independiente’s home win over Racing was something of a blip and El Rojo were heading for yet another frustrating draw but with virtually the last touch of the game, Walter Erviti headed a dramatic winner to continue Ariel Holan’s fine start at the club.
Emanuel Gigliotti had an evening to forget up front for the home side and after his clumsy own-goal gifted Huracán a first half lead, it looked as though Independiente would never break down El Globo’s stubborn defence.
Gigliotti was the main culprit as chances came and went and it wasn’t until ten minutes from time when the ever-dangerous Ezequiel Barco burst down the right and forced a penalty with a low cross hitting Hugo Nervo’s arm. The 18-year-old stepped up to take the spot kick and calmly sent Marcos Díaz the wrong way.
Huracán had a penalty claim of their own minutes later but saw it waved away before deep in stoppage time, Nicolás Tagliafico floated a ball over for Lucas Albertengo and he clipped it back across goal for Ervito to nod in the winner.
Back-to-back home wins and ten unbeaten now for Independiente, while this form may have come too late for a title challenge the target of Copa Libertadores qualification is certainly in sight.
A little earlier in Santa Fe, Arsenal secured the vital three points that keep them out of the relegation zone after a 1-0 win over Unión.
Leonardo Rolón latched onto a long ball over the top from Renzo Pérez to lob the ball over Nereo Fernández in the 78th minute and despite Unión enjoying the bulk of the chances, Humberto Grondona’s side secured the points.
Unión 0 – 1 Arsenal
Independiente 2 – 1 Huracán