ANDY SCHREUR - Sunday, May 26, 2013
Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander were unable to pick up a vital three points against Guadalajara on Sunday.
Racing Santander 0 - Guadalajara 0
Bocanegra and the Highlanders went into Sunday's match knowing they would need a win to avoid relegation after watching Mirandés upset Las Palmas on Saturday to move five points ahead of Racing and into safety.
Bocanegra played 88 minutes in the scoreless draw, which saw both teams unable to capitalize on chances. The Rojiblancos were happy to settle back on defense in the second half and absorb the Racing attack, having already secured their place in the Segunda División for next season.
Guadalajara's Ghanian keeper Razak Brimah put in a man of the match performance and was sure-handed all afternoon, including a diving 93rd minute save to guarantee a share of the points. With the draw, Racing are now four points behind Mirandés with two matches to play.
Racing will travel to León to play sixth place Ponferradina, who are fighting for a promotion playoff spot. Mirandés will travel to 11th place Córdoba and can clinch safety with a win next week. Emotions ran high both on and off the field. After the match, angry Santander fans began protesting and riot police were called in to disperse the crowd.
Bocanegra has two matches remaining on his season long loan before returning to Rangers, who own his contract.
Oguchi Onyewu did not make the 18 as Málaga beat Deportivo de La Coruña 3-1.