Final TournamentSunday, April 13, 2014
Racing draws at home with Olimpo
Vélez loses at Argentinos; leader Estudiantes defeats Quilmes
It seems that it will be a difficult season until the end for Racing, as the club only drew 1-1 with Olimpo at home yesterday and continued among the last places in the Final Tournament.
Racing continued with its irregular season as it drew 1-1 at home with Olimpo in a match for the 13th round of the Final Tournament.
At the Juan Domingo Perón stadium in Avellaneda, Colombian José Valencia scored for the visitors in the 17th minute, while Gastón Campi equalized for Reinaldo “Mostaza” Merlo’s team eight minutes later.
Racing was the best side in the second half and had two goals correctly disallowed. Olimpo played a counter-attack style, but wasted its few scoring opportunities.
With this result, Racing has 13 points and is in 17th place, while Olimpo, which stays out of the relegation zone, is 12th with 16.
The host played with: Sebastián Saja; José Luis Gómez, Pablo Alvarado, Esteban Saveljich, Matías Cahais; Diego Villar, Bruno Zuculini, Campi, Rodrigo De Paul; Luciano Vietto and Valentín Viola.
Olimpo’s team was: Nereo Champagne; Dylan Gissi, Iván Furios, Néstor Moiraghi, Cristian Villanueva; Pablo Lugüercio, Damián Musto, Jonathan Blanco, Leonardo Gil; Ezequiel Cerutti and Valencia.
At the Diego Armando Maradona stadium, Pablo Bárzola’s late goal gave Argentinos Juniors a 2-1 win over title contender Vélez Sarsfield and cut a run of seven games without victories.
Claudio Borghi’s team, which is at the bottom of the relegation standings, went ahead in the 47th with a goal scored by Juan Ramírez and sealed the win with Bárzola’s shot in the third minute of injury time. Roberto Nanni temporarily equalized for Vélez in the 66th.
Despite the victory, Argentinos continues at the bottom of the relegation standings. Quilmes and All Boys are the other two team in the relegation zone.
Vélez, which qualified for the knock-out stage of the Libertadores Cup as the best team in the group phase, stays with 20 points, four behind Estudiantes de La Plata.
Earlier, Estudiantes kept the lead of the tournament after beating Quilmes 3-1, a result that prompted coach Ricardo Caruso Lombardi to resign.
Guido Carrillo scored twice and Silvio Dulcich (own goal) scored for the visitors, while Fernando Telechea netted for Quilmes.
Estudiantes, with 24 points, clinched the three points that puts it alone at the top at least before last night’s match between San Lorenzo and Lanús, and today’s game between Colón and Boca Juniors.
At the Centenario stadium, Mauricio Pellegrino’s team went ahead in the 20th minute when Carrillo anticipated goalkeeper Dulcich and defender Cristian Lema to score with a header after Franco Jara’s cross.
Quilmes reacted quickly and found the equalizer in the 32nd with a goal netted by Fernando Telechea.
However, the visitors took the lead again two minutes later, when Jonathan Silva’s fierce shot from outside the box hit the crossbar and then rebounded on Dulcich to enter to the net.
Estudiantes scored its third goal in the 55th, when Carrillo sent the ball home after another cross by Jara.
Quilmes had a clear chance to pull one back in the 78th with a penalty, but Telechea’s shot was blocked by goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli.
After the game, Quilmes’ boss Caruso Lombardi resigned. “I don’t want to keep suffering and I will leave,” said the coach.
The club officials are still confident that the trainer will stay and be in charge of today’s practice session.
Last night at press time, San Lorenzo and Lanús played at the Nuevo Gasómetro stadium.
Today — At 5.10pm: Godoy Cruz v Newell’s; Gimnasia (LP) v Arsenal. At 6.15pm: River Plate v Atlético Rafaela. At 9.30pm: Colón v Boca Juniors.
Herald with agencies