After winning 1-0 against Arsenal de Sarandí last weekend, Racing were on a roll and looking at turn their first win of 2008 into the start of a run. As it transpired, though, two wins in a row was asking just a little bit too much, and Juan Manuel Llop’s side had to settle for a draw in the most agonising of manners after racing (excuse the pun) into a 3-0 lead.
Maxi Moralez opened the scoring for the visitors in the 13th minute against the league champions, who themselves have struggled in the Clausura in spite of qualifying successfully for the knockout stages of the Copa Libertadores in midweek. When, just six minutes before the break, Lanús defender Emir Faccioli put through his own net to make it 2-0 to Racing, the visiting fans were in raptures – and it only got better, as Moralez scored his second of the game in the 45th minute to apparently send Racing in 3-0 up. Three nil!
Or not – it proved too much to hope for. José Sand clawed one back before the break, in stoppage time at the end of the first half, and almost immediately after the restart he had a second to put his side in with a chance. All the same, Racing held the Granate off for the rest of the half as they doggedly pursued a second straight win. And then, in the 90th minute, up popped home midfidler Nicolás Ramírez to make it 3-3 and finish off an astonishing match. Racing will be devastated at the way they snatched a point from the jaws of three, but fans of La Academia can at least look on one bright side – it’s now three whole matches since they lost.
Elsewhere, Gimnasia La Plata beat their Jujuy namesakes 2-1 in the Estadio Municipal, with goals from Diego Alonso and Federico Domínguez overturning the visitors’ opener from Juan Arraya. Boca, meanwhile, beat Newell’s in La Bombonera thanks to a typically dogged performance from Martín Palermo, who got a winner with ten minutes left. Rodrigo Palacio had put Boca into the lead early in the second half and Paraguayan forward Santiago Salcedo brought the visitors temporarily level.