Saturday, March 12, 2016

Milito wins it for Racing - Late happiness for Rafaela

Friday night in Argentina and two matches were on the schedule. Highlight of them surely: Racing Club vs CA Lanús.

The goalscorers Romero and Milito. (Photo:
It took until week 6, but now it happened. Lanús, the leaders of Zone 2, have suffered their first defeat of the season. Their opponent Racing Club could rely on their veteran striker Diego Milito to lead them to a 2-1 home victory. In all of the 90 minutes, Copa Libertadores participant Racing were the superior side, bringing Lanús somewhat back down to earth. They had been on a tremendous run and remained unbeaten in 11 games. 

The opening goal came in the 45th minute through Paraguayan midfielder Óscar Romero. Diego Milito showed excellent patience on the left side of the penalty area, before laying the ball back to the edge of the area to a wide open Romero. His finish into the bottom right corner was precise and left goalkeeper Fernando Monetti zero chance to get there.

While you might talk about a psychologically important time for a goal, Lanús proved them wrong after 73 minutes with an outstanding combination that led to the equalizer. Being on the back foot for most of this game did not hurt their confidence and Miguel Almirón fired home his shot into the bottom left corner while falling. The excellent one-touch assist came from José Sand, who did not get on the scoresheet for once today.

One of the main reasons for that fact? The goal turned out to be Lanús' only shot on target. When they started thinking it might still be good enough for an important away point, Diego Milito struck himself in the 81st. Substitute Lisandro López found his run into the area and Milito's finish was as calm as they come. Racing fully deserved this victory and seem to find their form after a pretty dreadful start to the campaign. They have 11 points, only 5 behind leaders Lanús now. 

Newell's Old Boys had their hands on the second win of the season, but were disappointed in second half injury time. They drew 1-1 with Atlético Rafaela, who can really use this point in their fight against relegation. 

Oldstar Maxi Rodriguez scored the first goal of the game after 51 minutes, profiting from Lucas Boyé's physical work against Rafaela's back four. Rodriguez placed the ball into the bottom left corner by the hands of Germán Montoya. 

Finally, the third minute of added time proved a happy one for the visitors that were actually the better team away to NOB. Esteban Orfano was the goalscorer, but without the significant deflection the ball took, it would have been unlikely to even find the back of the net. Like this, Sebastián D'Angelo was beaten and his team dropped two valuable points. 

Newell's now have 5 points, Rafaela with 4 is not far behind. Both rank in the bottom four of Zone 2. 

Here are all the goals from both games:


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