Lanus beat Racing to keep pressure on leaders

(131120) — TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2013 (Xinhua) — Neymar (R) of Brazil vies with Eugenio Mena of Chile during an international friendly soccer match between Brazil and Chile at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada, Nov. 19, 2013. Brazil won 2-1. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)

Buenos Aires, Dec 8 (IANS) Eugenio Mena scored a late own goal as Lanus rose to third in the Argentinian Superliga standings with a 1-0 win over defending champions Racing Club.

The result late on Saturday ended a three-game winless run for Lanus and moved them equal on points with leaders Boca Juniors and second-placed Argentinos Juniors, reports Xinhua news agency.

Fourth-placed River Plate are two points further back but have two games in hand, starting with Sunday’s home match against San Lorenzo. Racing remained fifth in the 24-team standings, one point adrift of River.

Earlier on Saturday, Arsenal Sarandi rose to eighth after goals from Juan Cruz and Juan Garcia gave them a 2-0 win at Huracan.

In other matches, Newell’s Old Boys drew 2-2 at Atletico Tucuman and Union Santa Fe held Talleres to a goalless draw in Cordoba.

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