Chau… and thanks for the memories

Rosario Central put a little bit more pressure on Racing prior to Saturday’s derby between La Academia and Independiente, as they beat Tigre 4-2 in El Gigante Del Arroyito to move clear of their rivals in the Promedio. Tomás Costa, who’s moving to Portugese champions Porto after this weekend, signed off with a goal. This result means that if Racing lose on Saturday, Central are safe for another season. Later on Friday evening, Argentinos turned on the style against Lanús to win 3-0 in La Paternal.

In Rosario, Tigre were better for the first part of the match but although intense, it was relatively free of incident until the flurry of goals began in the 34th minute, through Alexis Danelón. Tigre levelled three minutes later, Damián Leyes taking advantage of a mistake from home ‘keeper Hernán Castellano, and the rush continued with two more goals – the 2-1 for Central from José Vizcarra and another equalise for Tigre from Román Martínez – within five minutes of the restart. With the match at 2-2 and midway through the first half, Costa, playing his final game for Central, powered the ball home after Vizcarra gifted him with a chance to make it 3-2. Martín Arzuaga put it beyond doubt with 14 minutes to go, and the rosarinos are on the verge of safety after a difficult season.

Argentinos, at home to the champions, made it a club record 15 matches without defeat whilst ending Lanús’s three-match unbeaten run in style. Alvaro Pereira got two goals, the first a run-of-the mill effort before Gabriel Hauche stretched well to stab home a poor clearance. Pereira’s second, in the second half, was the goal of the game, as the Uruguayan put the finish to a wonderful passing move down the right flank which tore Lanús apart. With this win, Argentinos keep up their dreams of participation in one of the Copas next season…

6 thoughts on “Chau… and thanks for the memories

  1. One point of clarification… Central are only safe if both Racing and Olimpo lose this weekend. Officially safe, that is. I don’t think there’s any way (no offense Seba) that Racing win their last three games to catch Central.

    That youngster Vizcarra at Central looks a good player to me.

  2. It’s not Central I’m hoping Racing can catch, it’s Colon with their River-Estudiantes double header, then hopefully winner-take-all shoot out with AKD in the last game. I wouldn’t really have like Central to go down, but I think we can do without Colon.

  3. In my opinion, Central are absolutely safe. There’s no way Racing, Colón and Olimpo will win their remaining matches. Racing already dropped two points against Independiente. Colón has a very tricky fixture and you have to have in mind that in the last week of the season, Colón and Racing can’t get 3 points each.

    Olimpo have a very tricky fixture aswell. San Lorenzo, River and Estudiantes (all three fighting for the title).

    Central had an average season and were trailing Racing by more than 10 points (I don’t remember exactly but it could have been up to 15 or 17 points of difference).

    Colón managed to win a few. Newell’s were also behind Racing.

    I guess you all know where I’m going to with this. Racing have only themselves to blame and make no mistake…Racing deserve to play the Promoción. As sad as it is to say it.

  4. Of course, you can also see the Promedio standings on this site on the ‘Tables’ page, but my trip to Manchester last weekend left me with a little too much to do and I didn’t have time to update the tables this week. By Monday, they’ll be fully up-to-date again.

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