BUENOS AIRES - Racing Club ended more
than five years of hurt when they beat arch-rivals Independiente
2-0 for their first victory in 12 attempts in the Avellaneda
derby, Argentina's second biggest "clasico", on Saturday.
Goals at the end of each half from strikers Gabriel Hauche
and Colombian Teofilo Gutierrez ended a run of four matches
without victory for Racing and put them two points behind
leaders River Plate.
"Racing won well, I have no complaints... unbeaten runs are
there to be broken," the Red Devils' coach Antonio Mohamed told
The Racing faithful, who call their team The Academy,
created an electric atmosphere and wall of sound at a packed
Cilindro with their constant chanting.
A cloud of thick, light blue fumes that wafted across the
pitch from smoke bombs hid the players from view as they came
out on the field to the traditional ticker tape welcome.
There was a strong riot police presence inside and outside
the stadium, which is a mere 200 metres from the Libertadores de
America, home of their hated rivals Independiente, but no
Independiente were in control for the first half-hour but
the closest they came to scoring was from an early corner when
central defender Leonel Galeano's glancing header hit the far
angle of bar and post.
Racing gradually wrested control of midfield and took the
lead in the dying minutes of the half when, in a fast break out
of defence, Gutierrez laid the ball off for Hauche to race
through and shoot past keeper Fabian Assmann.
At the end of a second half dominated by Racing, Gutierrez
ran onto a diagonal pass into the box.
His shot was parried by Assmann but the Colombian headed the
rebound over the keeper into the net to end a four-match
personal goal drought with his sixth strike of the championship.
Racing left back Lucas Licht was sent off in the final
The last time Gutierrez scored Racing went top after four
wins in their opening five matches of the Clausura championship.
Since then they had taken only one more point in four matches
and were equal on 13 points with Independiente.
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