Racing Club battle to vital win over Aldosivi & Atlético Tucumán make light work of Gimnasia (VIDEO)

It was far from Racing Club’s best performance and having seen Defensa y Justicia draw level on points at the top, the league leaders secured victory over Aldosivi to reclaim outright lead once more.

A first fixture of the year after a few weeks off, both sides looked short of match practise but Racing were the real beneficiaries as individual errors gifted Eduardo Coudet’s side the lead on two occasions.

The first of those came after just a few minutes. Goalkeeper Luciano Pocrnjic took an age to clear an early back-pass and it allowed Augusto Solari to charge the ball down and roll it into the empty net.

Despite the dream start Racing were unable to ever feel in control and midway through the first half, Aldosivi were level. Cristian Chávez dashed in behind, held off the challenge of Alejandro Donatti and slid the ball under Gabriel Arias to equalise.

With the game in the balance another inexplicable error allowed Racing to lead, Lucas Villalba challenging for a header with his arm aloft handled the ball and the Superliga’s leading scorer Lisandro López made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Chávez would waste a glorious chance to bring Aldosivi level again and ultimately it proved costly as Racing substitute Darío Cvitanich opened his account cooly finishing off a stoppage time counter.

Having avoided this potential banana skin, Racing three points clear at the top remain favourites to lift the title.

Aldosivi  1 – 3  Racing Club

Atlético Tucumán maintained their top three position with an easy victory over relegation threatened Gimnasia.

The visitor’s inept defending made it a little easier for Atlético supporters to get over the fact that cult hero Luis Rodríguez departed over the summer and within 12 minutes, El Decano were two-up.

The simplest of breaks saw Favio Alvarez slide in the opening goal and almost immediately after a clumsy challenge by Gonzalo Piovi allowed Leandro Díaz to double the lead from the spot.

Lorenzo Faravelli would bundle a goal back only for Gimnasia to concede another soft goal before half time, Yonthan Cabral heading unmarked straight at Alexis Arias and the goalkeeper allowing the ball to squirm through his legs.

A second penalty scored by Mauro Matos made it four and Atlético were able to coast to all three points.

Atlético Tucumán  4 – 1  Gimnasia

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