After not scoring in three games, Racing Club were desperate for a goal and when it was beginning to look like another evening of frustration for La Academia, substitute Andrés Ibargüen slotted in an 80th minute winner against Tigre.
Diego Cocca was under a degree of pressure for a result against a Tigre side yet to win this season but despite controlling possession, his side were perhaps fortunate not to be behind before snatching the points.
Tigre had worked goalkeeper Juan Musso and even struck the post during a second half that had become more open but with ten minutes remaining, Ibargüen stormed into the penalty area and managed to force the ball under Federico Crivelli.
Racing were far from convincing and Caruso Lombardi will feel that his side deserved more but it was a vital win for La Academia.
Earlier in Liniers, Vélez Sarsfield returned to winning ways after consecutive defeats with a 1-0 victory over a lacklustre Newell’s Old Boys.
One of the few moments of genuine quality after 33 minutes saw Matias Vargas exchanges passes with Maxi Romero and slot in the only goal of the game. Newell’s will be disappointed with their response and it was the home side that looked more likely to add a second.
The victory provides Vélez with a fraction more breathing space above the relegation zone.
Earlier in Quilmes, Estudiantes picked up a deserved point from the visit of Banfield after Pablo Lugüercio’s towering header equalised in the closing stages.
Pablo Mouche had given Banfield a first half lead, nodding in from close range but Estudiantes continued to create chances and Lugüercio eventually pulled El Pincha back on level terms.
Estudiantes 1 – 1 Banfield
Vélez Sarsfield 1 – 0 Newell’s Old Boys
Racing Club 1 – 0 Tigre