Things are rarely easy when it comes to Racing Club but after missing several chances to wrap up what would have been a comfortable win in Lanús, Eduardo Coudet’s side were forced to hold on for a nervy win that took them back to the top of the Superliga table.
Having dropped only two points from five games, Racing may have been eliminated from the Copa Libertadores but are clearly desperate to fight for the Superliga and if champions Boca have any serious contenders, at present it looks to be La Academia.
Dominant from the outset only a goalline Marcelo Herrera clearance denied Pol Fernández an early opener while narrow offside calls ruled out goals by Lisandro López and Jonathan Cristaldo.
Luis Zubeldía back in the dugout for the first time since returning to Lanús knew it would be tough against another of his former clubs and while El Granate were clearly second best, the coach would have been pleased by his side’s desire.
The breakthrough eventually came just before the hour mark when Augusto Solari slipped in Cristaldo and the striker’s firm finish whistled past Guillermo Sara.
Solari and Matías Zaracho wasted glorious chances to extend the lead and failure to do invited Lanús forward for a final push. The effort was there but El Granate were unable to find a way through and Racing could hold for the three points required to go two clear at the top.
Lanús 0 – 1 Racing Club
Finally in Mendoza, Godoy Cruz left it very late but managed to maintain their 100% record at home with a 1-0 win over San Lorenzo.
An evenly contested match looked certain to be heading for a goalless draw until a minute into stoppage time, Fabricio Angileri wriggled free down the left and his cross found Gabriel Ávalos, who planted a header past Nicolás Navarro.
18-year-old Valentín Burgoa should have wrapped it up when clean through minutes later but thankfully for El Tomba his saved effort went unpunished.
Godoy Cruz 1 – 0 San Lorenzo