Following the humiliation of last week’s 6-1 defeat to River Plate, Superliga champions Racing Club were desperate to bounce back and pick up their first win of their defence and although Eduardo Coudet’s side avoided defeat it was another worrying draw in Santiago del Estero.
Newly promoted Central Córdoba celebrated victory in their last home game but the visit of Racing was a far greater test. Despite the obvious gulf in individual talent, El Ferroviario gave the defending champions all manner of problems and may in fact consider themselves unfortunate not to have been toasting a second top flight win.
A strong penalty shout against Lucas Orban early on saw Racing survive that particular early scare but despite the visitors enjoying more possession it was Central Córdoba who created the clearer chances and Gabriel Arias the busier of the two goalkeepers.
Jonathan Herrera stabbing the ball over from close range, a couple of headers going just wide, Central Córdoba came close to an opener on a few occasions with Lisandro López drilling a shot just off target from the edge of the box representing the closest Racing really came.
A scrappy game that lacked quality, Racing will certainly be less pleased with their winless start but even more so due to a knee injury that ended Augusto Solari’s after prematurely and the red card to Matías Zaracho late on. The midfielder shown a second yellow card for his attempts to stop a Central Córdoba counter, an infraction that also saw the home side reduced to ten men in stoppage time, Hugo Vera the guilty party.
The Superliga newcomers remain clear of relegation for now and while Gustavo Coleoni will be happy for his side to continue in the same way, Eduardo Coudet knows huge improvements are needed at Racing. Defensively fragile and lacking ideas in attack, La Academia need three points from the visit of Godoy Cruz next week.
Central Córdoba 0 – 0 Racing Club
That may prove more difficult than it would have been one week ago as Godoy Cruz responded well to the departure of manager Lucas Bernardi to come from behind and defeat Estudiantes on Sunday morning.
Three straight defeats had seen Godoy Cruz lose patience with Bernardi last week and when Federico González put Estudiantes ahead after quarter of an hour in Mendoza it appeared as though number four may be on the cards.
Holding on until half time still only one-down, Godoy Cruz were improved after the break. Santiago García headed an equaliser completely unmarked and soon after laid on the second for Fabián Henríquez.
A fine start for Javier Patalano but still plenty of room for improvement after riding their luck and allowing Estudiantes to dominate for large parts.
Elsewhere, Lanús made it back-to-backs wins with victory over Unión to ease their relegation concerns.
Carlos Auzqui’s deflected effort gave El Granate a deserved first half lead and Lautaro Acosta added a second on the hour mark, tweaking his hamstring in the process.
Yeimar Gómez headed a goal back for Unión with fifteen minutes remaining but Lanús held on for all three points and with it put distance between themselves and the drop zone.