There is still a long way to go but Racing Club are certainly making the most of their Copa Libertadores exit to lead the way in the Superliga with an almost perfect start to the campaign. Since drawing on the opening weekend, La Academia have rattled off five straight wins and not conceded in that time to move two points clear at the summit.
Unión were the visitors to the Cilindro on Monday evening and despite drawing the majority of their games, Leonardo Madelón’s side were also unbeaten this term.
And for large parts of Monday’s game it was easy to see why as the visitors packed the defence and remained compact enough to frustrate Racing.
But for a few half chances the strategy worked and were it not for Damián Martínez’s failure to clear the ball just before the hour mark, Unión may have kept Racing out. However, the former Independiente defender’s attempt to play out of trouble down the right saw Eugenio Mena cross and Augusto Solari rose to head the ball past Nereo Fernández.
Unión pushed forward for an equaliser but could only threaten with speculative efforts from range allowing Racing to hold on for another clean sheet and another three points.
Racing Club 1 – 0 Unión
Earlier in Mar del Plata, Aldosivi took further steps towards their safety while pushing Belgrano further into the mire with a late 2-0 win.
It could have been different had El Pirata taken just one of their first half chances but instead an error by Federico Lértora presented Cristian Chávez with a chance and the Aldosivi forward made no mistake in beating César Rigamonti.
Further missed opportunities saw Belgrano fail to equalise and in stoppage time Chávez wrapped up the win with his second.
With four wins from six Aldosivi surprisingly sit up in third and are about as clear from relegation as is possible; Belgrano meanwhile, despite tasting defeat for the first time, hover one place above the drop zone and are grateful that the four sides below don’t look likely to save themselves.