After Lanús had kept themselves in with a slim hope of the title on Friday night with a 2-0 win away to Vélez (their first win away to the Liniers side in 49 years), the focus shifted to the relegation battle on Saturday afternoon as Racing took on Gimnasia de Jujuy. A win would take the home side to within a point of the tally of 25 they’d set as a target at the start of the Apertura, but despite being the better side it wasn’t to be on the day…
Racing went out looking for the win right from the off, and in only the second minute Gimnasia de Jujuy goalkeeper Gastón Pezzutti was already having to scramble to save from Leandro González’s wicked shot. Gradually through the second half La Academia‘s dominance shrunk, but the best the visitors could muster before half time was a shot from outside the box from Walter Busse that whistled just wide of Pablo Migliore’s post.
After half time, Gimnasia started out better, continuing where they’d left off, but they couldn’t find a way through and lacked any real ideas in the final third to get past Racing’s backline. The game might have turned when Juan Manuel Llop sent on Juan Ignacio Sánchez Sótelo for Franco Zuculini in the 65th minute, and certainly after the youngster had been introduced Racing regained the iniative. No breakthrough came from either side, though.
With around ten minutes to go Lihué Prichoda sent over a cross from the right which Sánchez Sótelo met with a good header to send it back across the goal, but Pezzutti, already tracking the Racing forward’s run across the box, turned back on himself to produce a fine save and keep El Lobo Jujeño level late on. There will be (and have been) far uglier 0-0 draws this season, but this one doesn’t exactly serve either side.
Elsewhere so far this weekend Lanús’s win on Friday came thanks to goals from Diego Lagos and José Sand – his 15th of the Apertura. San Martín beat Newell’s 2-0 at home on Saturday, Pablo De Muner and Antonio Ibáñez scoring the goals, and in the Friday night match – a thoroughly entertaining affair – Argentinos led Banfield 2-0 away from home with goals from Carlos Recalde and Nicolás Pavlovich. With six minutes of the 90 to go, though, Facundo Ferreyra pulled one back for the hosts, and in the 89th minute Luciano Civelli saved a point for Banfield.