After weathering the early storm in São Paulo last week, Enrique Triverio’s late equaliser proved vital as Racing Club held Corinthians to a goalless draw in Avellaneda on Wednesday to progress to the Copa Sudamericana quarter finals on away goals.
A fiesty second leg which was low on quality but high on aggression eventually saw Racing prevail with the Brazilian visitors losing their heads and ending the game with nine men.
Triverio had gone close and while Corinthians carried a threat, Gastón Gómez was rarely called into action in the Racing goal.
In need of only a goal, Corinthians were still in the game until a ludicrous challenge from Rodriguinho, who left a boot high on Diego González’s thigh. Despite his protests, Uruguayan referee Leodán González had little option but to issue a red card.
Striker Jo followed a little later and while Racing couldn’t kill the tie with a goal, Diego Cocca’s side were able to see out the goalless draw with relative ease.
Corinthians’ players surrounded the officials at full time but need look at their own performance and indiscipline to really find the reason for their failure.
Racing join rivals Independiente as the other Argentine representative still going in the Copa Sudamericana but ahead of a potentially mouthwatering semi final, La Academia must get past Nacional, who put out Estudiantes.