Too much to hope for

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.

6 thoughts on “Too much to hope for

  1. It was just another step towards earning our ticket to heaven here on earth (as I believe that’s what we, Racing fans, are doing in our lives. Hahaha!).

    Devastating result. Especially after dominating Lanús at will and going 3-0 up in the first half.

    The icing on the cake was Franco Zuculini’s shot exploding off Lanús’ bar with one minute to go. It would have been 4-2 to Racing and instead it ended 3-3.

    Now we are back in Promoción (after Rosario Central defeated River) and the longest season in our history will continue to toy with our nerves.

    Hand in there, Kent! Hang in there!

  2. Oh…and…did I mention that 2 of the 3 Lanús goals were scored in a blatant offside position?

    Yes. That’s right. Exactly what we need from the refs.

  3. The horizon could be more dark for Racing, if on Wednesday Gimnasia (Jujuy) won his postponed match against Lanus, and then beat Independiente (both matches in Jujuy). They’ll be only at one point from Racing, and that means Racing only one point over direct downfall.
    Wow!

  4. BosteroForever, thanks for giving me more reasons to lose my hair!

    I still think we depend on what we can do because we have to face both, Rosario Central and Colón and if we win those two, we have a great chance to stay up.

    The problem is that both matches are away and I don’t like depending on this current squad we have.

    They showed some improvement in the last two matches, but still…they are far from being reliable.

    Colón will play a lot of very difficult matches from now on. They face 3 of the Big 5 and they have some dangerous visits in the middle.

    I think the key is for Central to lose against Estudiantes (and Racing beating Tigre the same week) and then Racing goes to Rosario to play Central with a 2-points cushion and the possibility to make it 5.

    I’ll be dreaming of that from now on…

  5. The horizon may be dark for Racing, Seba, but it’s true they showed some improvement. They play a really good first half against Lanus, and there’s no reason to hope (for Racing fans) they wouldn’t continue on that path. Chocho Llop, though it’s the first big team he coaches, has a long and good curriculum as saviour of small teams who once were very complicated.
    Don’t lose your hair, Seba, as long as there is life, there is hope.

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