Things are rarely dull when Ricardo Centurión is around and following his run in with the law last week, the Racing forward returned to action in Córdoba on Friday to help Racing Club to a 2-2 draw against Belgrano.
Bringing Racing level in the first half Centurión took his tally to five goals and seven assists in the ten matches since his return to Avellaneda but three minutes from time and the game tied, the troublesome 25-year-old managed to talk his way into getting sent off, referee Germán Delfino not standing for anymore of his protests and quickly brandishing a second yellow.
Centurión’s first half goal had quickly cancelled out Belgrano’s deserved opener, which came about when Leonardo Sequeira escaped along the by-line and his low shot ricocheted off goalkeeper Juan Musso and into the net.
Both sides had created chances and while Racing enjoyed the majority of possession it was the home side that fashioned the clearer chances.
Having not taken them, Racing punished Belgrano shortly after half time and once again Eduardo Coudet’s central defenders provided the breakthrough. A corner from the right was only flicked towards the edge of the penalty area and Leonardo Sigali’s looping header sailed over Lucas Acosta and into the net.
Belgrano remained a threat but Racing could have extended their lead were it not for a timely goal-line clearance by Tomás Guidara to deny Lautaro Martínez.
And minutes later, Belgrano were level, a sweetly struck free-kick from out of the right by Marcelo Benítez proved unstoppable for Musso, who like everyone had expected a cross.
The home side pushed for a winner but were unable to find the net, extending their unbeaten home record but having to settle for a share of the points. El Pirata remain in contention for a Copa Sudamericana spot while Racing climb back into the Copa Libertadores qualification places at least for now.
Belgrano 2 – 2 Racing Club
Earlier in the Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó, Huracán earned a draw from the visit of Banfield as supporters paid tribute to club icon René Houseman, who passed away last week.
On seven minutes, the players marked their respect with a delay in play united in their admiration for one of Argentine football’s most loved characters.
With the action back underway there was a moment of concern when Banfield goalkeeper Mauricio Arboleda was knocked unconscious by a kick to the head. Ridiculously the Colombian was allowed to continue after coming round but the controversy didn’t end there as Silvio Trucco awarded the visitors a penalty when Nicolás Bertolo tumbled under no contact whatsoever.
Darío Cvitanich tucked the spot kick away but the lead lasted only until the 58th minute when Daniel Montenegro’s low shot skidded under Arboleda and in off the post.
Both sides had chances to win it but it ended all square.