Racing Club’s winning streak may have come to an end with last week’s draw against Chacarita Juniors but La Academia emphatically returned to form with a 5-0 thrashing of Patronato on Sunday.
Bright and early in the Cilindro at 11am, Racing swiftly went to work and with Lautaro Martínez and Ricardo Centurión already tormenting the visiting defence, Patronato held out until the 26th minute. Stopping those two would have been Juan Pumpido’s strategy but they could do little as Centurión crossed for Leonardo Sigali to head in the opener.
Racing’s attacking threat is clear but it was Sigali’s central defensive partner, Alejandro Donatti, who doubled the lead before Lisandro López virtually wrapped up the win before half time.
Adrián Balboa should have pulled a goal back after the break but instead Donatti tapped in his second and Racing’s fourth allowing the Argentina squad’s newest star, Lautaro Martínez to add a delightful fifth.
Martínez heads off with the national team hoping for an opportunity to carry his devastating form onto the international scene while Racing could sit in the Copa Libertadores spot for the international break.
Racing Club 5 – 0 Patronato
In Sarandí, Arsenal did little to suggest that a great escape from relegation is coming but Sergio Rondina’s side did manage to frustrate Vélez Sarsfield for a share of the points.
Mauro Zárate slotted the visitors in front from the penalty spot but the lead lasted only a matter of minutes as Diego Chávez rifled in an equaliser before the break.
Some wild finishing saw Vélez waste chances to re-establish the lead and with neither side able to find a second, it ended all square. A point that does little to help either side with Arsenal almost certain to descend this season and Vélez in grave danger next term.
Meanwhile, Godoy Cruz’s fine form continued in La Plata as Pol Fernández’s early free-kick was enough to fire El Tomba up into third in the table.
It has been the form in Mendoza that has lifted Godoy Cruz into their lofty league position and while they were second best against Estudiantes for large parts, one goal was enough. Mariano Andújar held his hands up in the knowledge that it was his error that allowed Fernández’s free kick in but El Pincha had the chances to equalise.
Estudiantes remain in the Copa Sudamericana places but Godoy Cruz are now making a strong claim for the 2019 Copa Libertadores.
Arsenal 1 – 1 Vélez Sarsfield
Estudiantes 0 – 1 Godoy Cruz