Racing Club secured first place in zone A of the Professional Football League Cup this Friday, drawing 1-1 away with San Lorenzo in the last round of the initial phase.
The goals of the match, played at the Nuevo Gasómetro and refereed by Fernando Espinoza, were scored by Javier Correa for the “Academia”, at 42 minutes into the first half, and Agustín Martegani, for the locals at 25m from the complement.
With the tie, the “Academy” reached 30 units and is already unattainable for its escort, River Plate, which has 26 and will host Platense on Sunday. In the next instance Racing will face the fourth in zone B, up to here Aldosivi from Mar del Plata, curiously Fernando Gago’s former team.
San Lorenzo started better, taking advantage of the decoupling of the alternative formation presented by Gago, who -although there is more than a week to go- chose to take care of the usual starters for the definition of the initial phase of the Copa Sudamericana.
In this context, the local had some dangerous approaches: at 3m “Uvita” Fernández tried from medium distance and the shot went just wide; and at 28m “Chila” Gómez responded well twice against Martegani after a great pass from Silva.
At that point the local made a difference with the good work of Elías Jalil and Cerutti on the right and Martegani in the middle; and a free kick from Cerutti himself forced a new effort from goalkeeper Gómez.
But Racing, who hadn’t made any merits, took the lead before halftime: Garré took advantage of a poor start by Elías, stole and assisted Correa for the 1-0 lead before Torrico left.
The “blaugrana” public, very hostile to the team in recent days, this time understood that the partial defeat was an injustice and at half-time they fired the players with applause.
Fernando Berón’s team (in their last match, they will now return to the inferiors), went out looking for a tie from the start of the complement. And he quickly created a chance, with Martegani’s shot over the crossbar.
Immediately it was close to equal again, with a header from James, after a corner from Cerutti, which Gómez took out. The “academic” archer had already transformed into the figure. Until the insistence of San Lorenzo was rewarded.
At 25m, in a good play with which they were taking the ball from the right to the middle, Martegani took a spectacular left-footed shot from outside the area that went up to the left of “Chila”, who this time could not do anything.
With the draw, San Lorenzo lowered its intensity and gave the ball to Racing. That he handled it patiently and calmly, but without creating too much risk against Sebastián Torrico: in any case, the point gave him what he was looking for, first place in his area.
In any case, his great concern is the problem he continues to have in finding the ideal place for Colombian midfielder Edwin Cardona, who arrived as a figure and has not yet performed.
Meanwhile, San Lorenzo, eliminated a long time ago, hopes to return to normality with new elections and, from there, now without Marcelo Tinelli or Matías Lammens, put together another leadership and football project for which there are several candidates, from the return of Néstor Gorosito to the arrival of Julio Falcioni.