Racing Club have plenty to do if they are to reach the Copa Sudamericana semi finals after losing to Libertad in Asunción on Tuesday night.
Diego Cocca’s side continue to underwhelm and will perhaps be grateful to be heading back to Avellaneda for next week’s second leg with only a one-goal deficit to overturn.
Santiago Salcedo fired the Paraguayans ahead midway through the first half but where as in the previous round against Corinthians, Racing were able to claw back a vital away goal, there was to be no lifeline grabbed in the Estadio Defensores del Chaco.
Enrique Triverio scored that crucial equaliser in Brazil but was guilty of squandering Racing’s best chance against Libertad, shooting over from Augusto Solari’s cut-back.
The home side finished the stronger and came close to extending their lead but ultimately had to make do with a slender one-goal lead.
Despite the poor result, Racing were able to welcome Lautaro Martínez back from injury and the 20-year-old got 30 minutes under his belt. His contribution next week could be huge as La Academia go in search of goals.