Final tournamentWednesday, April 2, 2014
Racing ties Estudiantes 3-3
Vélez Sarsfield climbed to the top of the standings of the Final Tournament after beating Olimpo 2-1 while Racing remains in the bottom place after drawing 3-3 with Estudiantes.
The 11th round of the Final Tournament started yesterday. Vélez Sarsfield is the new leader but may be overcome today if Colón beats All Boys. Racing was close to add three points but only draw.
Racing Club and Estudiantes de La Plata tied 3-3 yesterday in a exciting match at the Presidente Juan Domingo Perón stadium for the 11th round of the Final Tournament.
Esteban Saveljich only a few second into the match, Rodrigo De Paul in the 60th minute and Gastón Campi one minute from the end of the match scored for the team coached by Reinaldo Merlo.
Meanwhile, Estudiantes’ opening goal was netted by Guido Carrillo in the 15th. Uruguayan Juan Manuel Olivera and Patricio Rodríguez added one goal apiece in the 79th and 84th minutes, respectively.
With this result, Racing stays in the bottom place of the standings with nine points while Estudiantes has 18 points and fails to reach Vélez atop.
Earlier, Vélez Sarsfield earned a key 2-1 away victory over Olimpo in Bahía Blanca which allowed them to climb to the top of the standings, two points ahead of overnight leader Colón, which plays All Boys today.
Leandro Desábato opened the scoring in the 22nd minute while Héctor Canteros netted the second goal for the winners in the 52nd. Ezequiel Miralles pulled one back for the host in the 77th.
Vélez had a solid performance from the beginning of the match with Mauro Zárate and Roberto Nanni leading the team in the attack while Olimpo was disorganized and failed to capitalize as its scoring chances.
In another match, Quilmes defeated Belgrano 1-0 to leave the bottom place of the standings. An own goal from defender Gastón Turús in the 30th minute sealed the victory at the closed-door Quilmes stadium as it is serving a ban since Quilmes hooligans fought with All boys’ hoolingans last month.
Belgrano ended with 10 men as Luciano Lollo was sent off.
With yesterday’s victory, Quilmes ended its four-match winless run.
Also yesterday, Argentinos Juniors and Atlético de Rafaela reached a scoreless draw in La Paternal. This result did not help any of them as the host failed to add three crucial points in its fight against the relegation while the team from Rafaela, Santa Fe, now has 14 points to stay in the middle of the standings.
Herald staff with DyN