Racing de Pizzi wins and approaches the qualifying zone

The Racing Club led by Juan Antonio Pizzi beat Gabriel Milito’s Argentinos Juniors 1-0 on Monday at the close of the sixth day of the Professional Soccer League Cup and is fifth in Zone A with 11 points, 5 of the leader Columbus.

With seven days to go, Colón de Santa Fe leads with 16 points and is followed by 4 teams with 11: Estudiantes de La Plata (+6 goal difference), Central Córdoba and Banfield (+3) and Racing Club (+2) , which was a bit behind the classification zone for the next instance.

The Academy goal was done by Leonel Miranda in the 72nd minute. The bad news for Racing Club was a muscle injury suffered by side Ezequiel Schelotto in the 18th minute.

Racing came from basting 2 consecutive victories in this tournament (1-0 against Rosario Central and 0-2 against Platense), after having lost the first game and tied the subsequent 2.

On Wednesday of last week, Pizzi’s men lost 1-0 to Sportivo Belgrano (from the Third Division) until the 84th minute but won 3-1 with a flurry of goals in the last minutes of the final 30s of the Argentine Cup.

With this triumph, Pizzi adds four consecutive victories counting all the tournaments.

The Argentinos Juniors that Milito directs was tenth with six units, five from the classification zone.

In the other match played this Monday, the bottom of the Arsenal Zone got his first point by drawing goalless at home against the recently promoted Platense.

Arsenal remains last in the standings and Platense was eleventh (out of thirteen teams) with five units.

Vélez Sarsfield leads Zone B with 15 points out of 18 possible, followed by Independiente with twelve and Defensa y Justicia, Unión and Lanús with ten. Boca Juniors and Gimnasia have 9.

River Plate thrashed away 1-6 at Godoy Cruz in Mendoza with four goals from Colombian striker Rafael Santos Borré, while Boca Juniors gave up their undefeated at home after falling 1-2 against Talleres de Córdoba in the ‘Bombonera’.

Although both are out of the four that qualify, after the tie in the superclassic last Sunday, the ‘Millionaire’ brought out his best game with high efficiency, while the ‘Xeneize’ was again an expressionless team and on top of it lost before the people of Cordoba.

In other results, San Lorenzo fell again at home, this time 1-2 against Aldosivi led by Fernando Gago; Independiente lost to leader Vélez Sarsfield 1-0; and Banfield won 2-0 against Lanús in a new edition of the ‘Classic of the South of the Buenos Aires suburbs’.

On Friday, in Rosario, the Newell’s Old Boys of the debutant Germán ‘Mono’ Burgos equalized with a blank score against Unión.