After a frenetic start with the hosts scoring in the first minute, El Rojo remained patient and found a way back into the game to earn themselves a point in the Clasico
Gabriel Hauche scored in the opening minute but La Academia failed to seize the initiative and offered the visitors a route back into the game, which was taken by Facundo Parra.
Independiente started with Fabian Assmann in between the sticks, replacing Hilario Navarro. For the hosts, Gabriel Hauche replaced the injured Patricio Toranzo as they looked to extend their unbeaten run in the Apertura.
As the blue smoke dissipated, blue and white paper littered the sun-bathed pitch and the game kicked off. The atmosphere was electric and received a fitting start. A long throw in to the box was not dealt with by the Independiente defence. Hauche managed to get a shot away which was saved by Assmann. However, the striker scored on the spin at the second time of asking. It was a fantastic start for Racing as they took the lead with just one minute gone.
El Rojo made a conscious effort to retain possession in order to stop their hosts feeding off the fervent crowd and gaining momentum. Hauche found himself free in the area once more but was forced to shoot whilst stretching and produced an effort that was always going wide.
La Academia, seemingly driven by the crowd, were rushing themselves into attacks and therefore allowing Indepeniente the lion’s share of possession. That level possession came to be their undoing in the 28th minute. Patricio Rodriguez’s good work down the right flank ended with a ball into the area. It was only cleared as far as Eduardo Tuzzio who drilled the ball at goal, but his effort was parried by Sebastian Saja. However, the keeper could only push it into the path of Parra who followed the shot in and tapped in to bring the sides level.
The second half was delayed due to some minor crowd trouble and that seemed to sap some of the pace from the game. It was not until 20 minutes into the half that either goalkeeper was tested, though Assmann dealt with tame efforts from Teofilo Gutierrez and Hauche with relative ease.
In stoppage time Gutierrez bulldozed through the Independiente defence, shaking off Gabriel Milito in the process, to find himself one on one with the keeper. He snatched at the opportunity, scuffing his shot and sending the ball wide, missing a golden chance for the winner.
A draw means that Racing drop to third following Atletico Rafaela’s victory over Lanus last night. They may also lose ground to Boca at the summit of the lead as they face Tigre later tonight. Independiente missed out on a chance to enter the top half of the table and now sit in 13th position.