A trip to Mendoza was always going to test Racing Club’s recent resurgence under Eduardo Coudet and while it may have taken a last ditch Maxi Cuadra goal, La Academia inflicted a first home defeat of the season under Godoy Cruz, wrecking El Tomba’s 100% record.
A tight first 58 minutes of few clear chances was eventually broken when the home defence allowed Martín Ojeda in behind and despite racing back to halt the youngster, the ball was played back to Ricardo Centurión, who fired his third goal in as many matches, low into the corner.
Godoy Cruz had beaten every visitor to have come to Mendoza this season and were soon level thanks to a unstoppable strike from distance by Pol Fernández.
However, while El Tomba were hoping to grab a second and maintain that impressive record, Racing broke with intent. La Academia’s youngster ever captain Lautaro Martínez and the in-form Centurión armed the visitors with an attack of genuine threat but after Cuadra had missed one good chance and Centurión had seen a shot bounce off both posts to safety, a draw looked certain.
The game ticked into the last of the five minutes of added time as Neri Cardozo curled a tempting cross in behind the Godoy Cruz defence and with Juan Garro sleeping at the back post, Cuadra arrived to tap in the winner.
Four consecutive victories for Racing has fired La Academia up into fourth, at least overnight, and Eduardo Coudet’s side are hitting form at just the right time ahead of the Copa Libertadores group stage.
Godoy Cruz 1 – 2 Racing Club
Earlier in Bahía Blanca, Olimpo at least kept a faint hope of survival alive with victory over an Arsenal side, whose descent into the Nacional B is all but confirmed.
Two goals a minute either side of half time by Franco Troyansky and Luis Vila proved to be enough despite Sebastián Lomónaco pulling one back around the hour mark.
Arsenal threw everything they had at the hosts and came close to an equaliser when Lucas Wilchez hit the post but unable to find the net, Sergio Rondina’s side slumped to yet another defeat.
Meanwhile in Parque Patricios, Huracán eventually saw off Estudiantes after a 20-minute delay in the second half due to a power cut.
A smartly taken Ignacio Pussetto goal, his sixth of the season, shortly after half time had provided the breakthrough but when the stadium was plunged into darkness, there was some uncertainty whether play would resume.
Eventually the lights came back on and Huracán kept out Estudiantes for a valuable three points and maintained distance from Olimpo in that final relegation spot.