The Copa Superliga’s days may already be numbered and whether another round of fixtures are played remains to be seen but Racing Club treated those watching on television to a superb come-from-behind 4-3 win over Aldosivi on Sunday evening.
For an Aldosivi side still battling relegation it is a result that will sting given El Tiburón led for the vast majority of the 90 minutes. Early goals from Federico Andrada and Nazareno Solís had put Aldosivi firmly in the driving seat and with that lead holding until half-time the home side must have sensed an upset.
However, it took barely a minute after the break for Matías Rojas to pull one back and although Federico Gino restored the lead, the momentum was all with Racing.
The impressive Rojas smashed in his second and when Iván Pillud swept in an equaliser seven minutes from time, a winner for the visitors always looked on the cards.
Time was running out when Aldosivi substitute Alan Ruiz was sent off for an errant elbow on Carlos Alcáraz and that red card allowed enough added time for Racing to snatch a dramatic winner. As the clock ticked into the 97th minute a cross from the left found the head of Alcárez and the 17-year-old flicked the ball into the bottom corner for a dramatic winner.
Aldosivi 3 – 4 Racing Club
Later in Santiago del Estero, Newell’s Old Boys managed to nick a 2-1 win over Central Córdoba.
Goalkeeper Alan Aguerre pulled off a string of saves to keep Newell’s level and then two goals in as many minutes before half time swung the game in favour of the visitors. Luis Leal slotting in the first before Maxi Rodríguez’s shot ricocheted off Diego Rodríguez and into the net via defender Matías Nani.
Central Córdoba hover just above the drop zone and will feel they did enough for at least a point but it took until stoppage time for Nani to head a goal back and it wasn’t enough.
Central Córdoba 1 – 2 Newell’s Old Boys
Elsewhere, Huracán’s recent upturn in form was shot down by Talleres in Parque Patricios with La T returning to Córdoba three goals and three points to the good.
It could have been different had Nicolás Cordero not seen his 20th minute penalty saved by Guido Herrera but with Talleres surviving that scare, they took immediate advantage on the counter, Franco Fragapane slotting in the opener.
Nahuel Bustos carried his fine Superliga form into the Copa bending in a second from distance before the break and when Huracán had Saúl Salcedo sent off for an elbow it concluded a miserable opening 45 minutes.
Guilherme Parede raced in behind to lob a third over Fernando Pellegrino on the hour mark and that’s how it ended at the Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó.
And finally in Santa Fe it ended all square between Unión and Arsenal thanks to Ezequiel Rescaldani’s injury time header.
Walter Bou’s powerful shot had looked to have given Unión the points but a late equaliser ensured Arsenal left with something.