At the end of a long, hard, terrible season, Racing Club can finally be sure of one thing that is, at least slightly, positive. A Facundo Sava goal ten minutes before the break gave them a 1-0 victory over Huracán in El Cilindro, and with it the certainty that they won’t be in the direct relegation zone after their one remaining match in two weeks. Their second win of the Clausura came the day after Gimnasia de Jujuy could only draw, 2-2, away to Newell’s, and draws them level on points with Colón, who play Estudiantes on Sunday – and Racing themselves on the last weekend.
Racing fans, then, are hoping for an Estudiantes win on Sunday (a result which would also guarantee the title race going to the final day) which would bring the points-per-game average to exactly the same between the two sides, and turn the final round match in Santa Fé into a winner-takes-all battle: one to achieve complete safety, the other to go into the relegation playoffs.
The win came thanks to Sava’s finish in the 35th minute, the striker pouncing on a defensive error and tucking the ball away like the seasoned finisher Racing’s fans have been wishing he actually was all season long. Of course, there was no little agony in the wait for the final whistle as the minutes of the second half ticked slowly down, with sendings off for Gabriel Mercado for the hosts and Federico Nieto for Huracán, but this score, combined with Friday’s night’s draw in Rosario – Paraguayan forward Santiago Salcedo scoring twice, one a stunner, to twice peg Gimnasia de Jujuy back in Parque de la Independencia – means Racing can’t now finish in the bottom two of the Promedio. Dropped points for Colón tomorrow would mean a Racing win in Santa Fé on the last day would give them an escape from relegation worries altogether. But for now, La Academia are simply celebrating what they’ve achieved thus far.