Eight minutes. That’s how close Racing Club were from another clean sheet, another three points. a victory over a title rival and the prospect of going seven points clear at the top. Lisandro López’s brace had La Academia on the brink of an important victory but late goals by Ramón Ábila and Sebastián Villa ensured a share of the points.
Neither side were happy with the performance of referee Darío Herrera and both managers had strong words for the official during and after the game but Racing will certainly feel the more disappointed after failing to hold on to a two-goal lead in the closing stages.
Boca manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto was fuming with the manner in which Racing claimed their advantage with replays suggesting in both cases Lisandro López was marginally offside.
The first after only six minutes, a difficult one to call in a crowded penalty area without the aid of a replay, saw López eventually poke in a rebound from close range and the second, perhaps more clear, coming in the second half when Matías Zaracho played in the veteran centre forward.
Racing were the better side and could have wrapped up the points had Zaracho scored when one-on-one with Agustín Rossi but the home side’s inability to find a third gave Boca hope.
In the 82nd minute, Ramón Ábila pounced on a spilled shot by Gabriel Arias to hammer one back and the pressure only increased. Zaracho was shown a second yellow card to leave Racing with ten, manager Eduardo Coudet lost his cool and was sent from the dugout and three minutes from time substitute Sebastián Villa rifled in an equaliser.
Neither side could find a winner but with a draw, Boca remain only six points behind Racing with plenty of the race still to run.
Racing Club 2 – 2 Boca Juniors
Earlier on Sunday, Córdoba came to a standstill for this season’s clásico and while derbies of recent times have been dull affairs marred by off-field incident, Talleres on this occasion were left to celebrate a famous 3-0 win over their bitter rivals.
Juan Ramírez’s burst into the penalty area only to be tripped by goalkeeper César Rigamonti allowed the midfielder to break the deadlock from the spot just before the break and from there Talleres never looked back.
Almost immediately after the restart the impressive Nahuel Bustos drove at the Belgrano defence and in the absence of any challenge, the 20-year-old produced an unstoppable shot into the top corner from 25 yards.
Bustos added a far scrappier third for Talleres just minutes later and with that the result was in no doubt.
Federico Lértora was sent off late on but Belgrano’s troubles run far deeper. Results elsewhere this weekend saw El Pirata drop into the relegation zone and manager Lucas Bernardi looks increasinly ill-equipped to lead the survival campaign.