Superliga 2018/19: All the goals from Round Eight – Boca peg back Racing & clásico defeat spells the end for Bernardi (VIDEO)

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Two rearranged fixtures left eleven Superliga matches over this weekend and amid eight red cards and 25 goals there was plenty of action to catch up on. In case you missed any of the games and goals, here is a quick rundown plus the updated league tables.

League leaders Racing Club hosted defending champions Boca Juniors on Sunday evening and for 82 minutes, La Academia looked certain to be heading for a seventh straight win and clean sheet. That would have taken Racing seven points clear at the top but a late rally saw Boca snatch a draw and was only the second time this season that Eduardo Coudet’s unbeaten side dropped points.

Two controversial Lisandro López goals had put Racing in charge and despite Guillermo Barros Schelotto fuming over offside decisions not given, his opposite number Eduardo Coudet was equally enraged by Matías Zaracho’s late sending off. Ramón Abila and Sebastián Villa struck to salvage a point and ensure Boca didn’t lose any further ground on Racing.

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With Racing dropping points it allowed the chasing pack to make up ground but Atlético Tucumán were unable to find a way past Lanús and instead had to settle for a stalemate.

Unión and Aldosivi were the big winners and climbed into third and fourth respectively after victories Rosario Central and San Martín de Tucumán. Unión put four past Central in the Gigante de Arroyito and Aldosivi had too much for their promotion companions in Mar del Plata.

While Aldosivi are making first-season survival look easy, San Martín de Tucumán look increasingly doomed to a swift return to the B Nacional.

Tigre still have a huge task ahead of them to avoid joining San Martín but new manager Mariano Echeverría got off a winning start with victory against Estudiantes while Patronato remain in the drop zone after defeat to ten-man Independiente in Paraná.

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The big losers over the weekend were undoubtedly Belgrano, after a crushing 3-0 defeat to Talleres in the clásico saw El Pirata drop into the relegation zone.

San Martín de San Juan’s earlier win over Vélez Sarsfield coupled with Gimnasia’s victory against Godoy Cruz put added pressure on Belgrano and Lucas Bernardi’s side failed to react. Goals by Juan Ramírez and a Nahuel Bustos brace handed Talleres the bragging rights and has now proved to be the nail in the coffin for Bernardi.

Five managerial jobs in a little over three years since his retirement, Bernardi never really looked like the man to turn things around in Córdoba and so it has proved. Whoever replaces the 41-year-old has their work cut out.

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