Racing edge Colón to boost Libertadores hopes, Temperley sweat over relegation after defeat & Arsenal survive with draw (VIDEO)


Racing Club kept their hopes of Copa Libertadores qualification alive while ending those of Colón with a hard-fought 1-0 win in Avellaneda on Wednesday evening. Argentina under-20 international Matías Zaracho’s firm header minutes after half time proved decisive and although the visitors pushed forward in search of an equaliser, they were unable to find a way past Gastón Gómez.

Racing are into the fifth and final Libertadores spot for now but Estudiantes, Newell’s and Independiente could all leapfrog La Academia after results on Thursday. Diego Cocca’s side face a difficult away match against Banfield on the final day, with both sides needing victory to secure their place.

In the battle at the bottom, Arsenal twice squandered a lead against already relegated Quilmes but with results elsewhere, the point was enough to secure safety for another season. Jonathan Bottinelli and Federico Milo had put Humberto Grondona’s ahead twice but on each occasion, Quilmes fought back, first through Maxi González and later thanks to Matías Pérez Acuña.

Temperley, however, are still in danger ahead of the final day after a 3-2 defeat at home to Defensa y Justicia. Leonel Miranda’s long range effort was followed by second half goals from Agustín Bouzat and Andrés Ríos as El Halcón were cruising to victory but two late Ariel Colzera goals almost got the home side back into it. The defeat leaves Temperley level with Aldosivi in the final relegation spot ahead of a vital clash with Vélez.

Quilmes  2 – 2  Arsenal

Temperley  2 – 3  Defensa y Justicia

Racing Club  1 – 0  Colón

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