Eduardo Coudet took charge of his final game as Racing Club manager at the Cilindro on Friday evening and although victory would have sent La Academia top overnight, Defensa y Justicia spoiled the party with a share of the points.
Youngster Ignacio Aliseda raced in behind the home defence inside two minutes to slot Defensa y Justicia ahead but the lead didn’t last long. Darío Cvitanich showed his experience backing into defender Héctor Martínez and with the River Plate loanee’s arms on his back won the penalty from which he would equalise.
Despite the early goals neither side could go on and win the game although Martínez came within a whisker of making up for his error, crashing a second half header against the Racing post.
With the point, Racing go third, two points behind the leaders and still well in the title race yet in the knowledge that four draws from the past five matches could prove costly.
Racing Club 1 – 1 Defensa y Justicia
So too could the decisions made by Fernando Espinoza in Gimansia’s 1-1 draw away to Banfield that led Diego Maradona to brand the referee a liar and a coward.
Gimnasia had led early in the Estadio Florencio Sola thanks to Eric Ramírez’s acrobatic volley but a penalty awarded to Banfield that also saw goalkeeper Nelson Insfrán sent off was the game’s key moment. Jesús Dátolo scored and ultimately earned the home side a point though Maradona had every right to feel aggrieved.
Even with ten men Gimnasia threatened but couldn’t find a winner and the draw leaves them still bottom of the promedio and 14 points from safety.