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Independiente fight back to take Avellaneda derby

Primera División new boys Independiente had to fight back from one goal down in the historic Avellaneda derby, but took the honours at home with a 2-1 victory that downed arch city rivals Racing this afternoon.

In the first edition of the derby for a year and a half following Independiente's historic first relegation in 2013, it was Racing who took the initiative early on. Veteran striker Diego Milito took advantage of his return to the fixture after more than a decade by springing the Rojo offside trap and finishing nearly to put La Academia 1-0 ahead.

Joy for the away side, however, was short-lived as two defensive errors put Independiente on top. A deep free-kick eluded Racing's markers, leaving Sebastian Penco to fire home from short range with 24 minutes played.

Just two minutes later, goalkeeper Sebastian Saja failed to claim another cross, and Federico Mancuello was on hand to turn the ball in and put his club into the lead.

Racing pushed hard for the remaining hour, but wasted several golden chances and could not take advantage of a sometimes creaky Independiente defence, which was nevertheless backed up by an in-form Diego Rodríguez in the net.

The win puts the Rojo level on points with Racing, with both Avellaneda clubs picking up nine from their first five fixtures.
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