For those at the Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó who braved the storms that lashed Buenos Aires on Thursday there was little to cheer as amid the thunder, lightning and torrential rain, Huracán and Argentinos Juniors played out a goalless draw.
Rescheduled from Round Eight, the Superliga squeezed one more game in before the summer break given the fixtures have been hit for a variety of reasons over the past few weeks. Huracán, after back-to-back draws, were eager to close 2018 with a win to keep in touch with leaders Racing Club while Argentinos Juniors were desperate for points after a torrid run has dragged the Bichos back into the relegation picture.
Given the disparity in the two club’s fortune this season a home win was expected and when Federico Lanzillota was forced into a couple of flying saves to tip long range efforts away, Huracán did look as though they were knocking on the door.
Carlos Auzqui had drawn one of those first half saves from Lanzillota but should undoubtedly have opened the scoring after the break when slipped in one-on-one with keeper only to slice his effort off target.
For all of Argentinos’ troubles this season, the visitors did pose a threat of their own and came within a whisker of snatching all the points. Kevin Mac Allister had already spurned one glorious chance when late on Jonathan Sandoval drilled a low shot against the inside of the post with Mac Allister unable to divert the rebound.
There were positives to take for Argentinos Juniors but another blank in front of goal speaks volumes. Five goals scored in fifteen games is relegation form, in fact far worse than all the clubs currently occupying the four spots bound for the B Nacional and so 2019 is a big year. Los Bichos have already announced that Diego Dabove will be taking over and although it’s hard to see why the 45-year-old coach would swap Godoy Cruz for Argentinos at this point, it looks a useful appointment in turning things around.