San Martín de San Juan might be in the automatic relegation zone with just three matches left of the Primera A season, but another high-altitude club with the same name will be in the top flight in Argentina next season, after San Martín de Tucumán drew 2-2 with Chacarita Juniors to confirm promotion. In Avellaneda, meanwhile, the Racing soap opera might – just possibly – be about to get a teensy, tiny little bit more joyous…
Tucumán, the city where the first Argentine constitution was signed, will finally be watching its favourite club back in Primera A for 2008-2009, for the first time in 15 years. The side, who’d been suffering seemingly endlessly for the last few weeks as chance after chance went begging, had to go into the break in agony once more, having hit the crossbar twice in the first half in La Paternal against Chacarita before Víctor Figueroa put the hosts ahead from a rebound after a twice-taken penalty. A couple of minutes into the second half, though, Mariano Campodónico scored twice in as many minutes for San Martín to turn the match on its head, and even Franco Dolci’s last-minute leveller couldn’t dampen the mood of the visitors. With three matches remaining, San Martín are guaranteed at least second place, and with it automatic promotion.
Very possibly going in the opposite direction at the end of this season, of course, are Racing Club, one of the traditional ‘Big Five’ of Argentine football. Tuesday, though, saw some good news for supporters of the Avellaneda side for the first time in a long time. Héctor García Cuerva was unveiled on Tuesday morning as the club’s new auditor by Daniel Scioli, the Governor of Buenos Aires Province. Immediately, García Cuerva came out with words that will surely be music to the ears of everyone who holds Racing dear to their heart.
‘This very day I’m going to present myself to the head judge and request that he… rescind the management / ownership contract… between Racing Club [and Blanquiceleste].’
A new auditor with powerful words right from the start. Maybe, just maybe, things might be looking up for Racing. The rest of this season may well prove to be a write-off, but could La Academia soon be picking themselves up and getting back on their feet…?