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  • April 16, 2011
  • • 20:10
  • • Estadio Presidente Juan Domingo Perón, Avellaneda, Provincia de Buenos Aires
  • Referee: P. Loustau
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Racing Club 2-0 Independiente: Racing duo turn Avellaneda blue for first time since 2005

Racing Club 2-0 Independiente: Racing duo turn Avellaneda blue for first time since 2005

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Gabriel Hauche's first-half strike was all Racing needed to snap the eleven-match winless streak against rival Independiente

It was April 2005. It was the last time Racing Club defeated their rival Independiente, downing them 3-1 in the Clausura.

On Saturday afternoon, the clubs from Avellaneda met for the 177th time as La Academia looked to break the streak against El Rojo.

Gabriel Hauche found the net in the first half before Teofilo Gutierrez sealed it late as Racing edged Independiente 2-0, relieving the home fans and gaining control of Avellaneda for the first time in six years. 

In the 43rd minute, Hauche received a touch from Gutierrez after the Colombian settled a pass with his chest as he darted towards the corner of the box, leaving the ball to an oncoming Hauche.

The former Argentinos striker continued his stellar run with Racing hitting a high, placed shot into the net for the 1-0 advantage as Avellaneda erupted.

Gutierrez scored late on a header off his own rebound to cap off the emotional victory.

Emotions were high early as the game got off to a thrilling start.

In the early minutes, each team went forward with everything, threatening the goal. Each side exchanged early chances. Both team's goalkeeper came out of goal ill-timed and almost cost their team dearly.

Independiente was the better team in the early going, pressuring the Racing defence, even making contact with the post on a shot.

As the visitors went down the left wing to swing in crosses, Roberto Junior Fernandez was able to do enough in goal to keep the 0-0 scoreline.

Ten minutes into the game, Racing's defence started to settle down, positioning well to not let the visitors get anything.

Both teams went back and forth, with Racing beginning to gain momentum as the fans chanted and screamed for their beloved club.

One of Racing's best chances came on a free-kick from Lucas Licht who curved a shot to the middle of the goal that was tipped over the crossbar by Fabian Assmann.

After nearly scoring off the ensuing corner kick, La Academia went up moments later thanks to Hauche.

In the second 45, Racing was dominant, playing through Gutierrez as they went for the second goal. Assmann was positioned correctly for most of the half, not letting anything else through.

15 minutes from time Assmann was called upon, again. Hauche drilled a shot from 25 metres that was aimed for the low, left corner. Assmann extended out to get a hand on it, hitting it wide. 

Two minutes later, Gutierrez had the chance to finish off Independiente with a close header. The striker went up for the header, but put too much power on it, bouncing it off the ground and over the goal, leaving the game open. 

Racing continued to move forward, looking for a goal to seal the match. 

Gutierrez then sealed it four minutes from time, hitting a hard shot that was saved by Assmann from close. The star hitman remained poised, heading a soft rebound over the keeper and into the net for the 2-0 result.

With the victory, Racing jump to third in the table, two behind leader River Plate and leaving the club with realistic title aspirations. Next up is a match with Argentinos.

Independiente stay in the middle of the table and will look to get on the right track as they host All Boys next week.

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