Racing Club’s starting eleven told you all you needed to know about their priorities right now but even with Eduardo Coudet resting several regulars for the Superliga title run-in, La Academia were unfortunate to leave the Arena Corinthians with only a first leg draw in the Copa Sudamericana.
Despite the likes of Lisandro López, Matias Zaracho and Alejandro Donatti warming the bench, Racing played with the confidence of a side sitting top of the league in Argentina and only a last minute Gustavo header denied Coudet’s side victory.
Barring a wasted one-on-one opportunity for Vagner Love, it was Racing who controlled the vast majority of the opening 45 minutes and debutant Andrés Ríos played a fortunate one-two with Corinthians defender Henrique to slot the visitors in front midway through the first half.
Even after the break as Racing retreated somewhat, Corinthians were devoid of creativity and if any possible reply looked on the cards it would have been from a set-piece and the head of centre forward Gustavo.
An 89th minute free-kick presented just that scenario and the Corinthians number nineteen firmly planted an equaliser past Gabriel Arias.
The two sides meet again in a couple of weeks in Avellaneda but Racing will be confident of progressing after their display in Brazil.
— CONMEBOL Sudamericana (@Sudamericana) February 15, 2019