It has been 45 years since an unforgettable crash, when Racing beat Independiente 5-4 at the start of Nacional 75. The steering wheel set a record that day that had not been surpassed until now.
Racing and Independiente is one of the classics par excellence of Argentine football. Since the first official clash, in 1915, there was already 226 issues and 641 goals were converted. But among so many celebrations there was only one player in all of history who managed to score four goals in a duel for Avellaneda: was Alberto Mario Jorge, in the victory academic by 5-4 of Nacional 75; This September 21 marks the 45th anniversary of that unforgettable feat.
The curious thing, in addition, was that he converted three penalties and the rival goal occupied it José Alberto Pérez, a specialist in containing them, who at that time was only two away from surpassing the record of Amadeo Carrizo, who had saved 18 at River. Then Perico reached the first place and later both were surpassed by Ubaldo Matildo Fillol and Hugo Orlando Gatti.
Jorge always played in Racing in the country. It was a cold, cerebral offensive midfielder with good handling and an exquisite finish. He had debuted in 1970 and the 1975 Nacional would be his last tournament with the albiceleste (171 games, 39 goals).
Then he emigrated to Mexico, where he played in León, Atlante and Oaxtepec. Already as a coach, he had a stint in the lower ranks of the club and was interim of the First Division after the resignation of Humberto Maschio and Gustavo Costas in 2000.
On the other hand, José Alberto Pérez started at River in 1969 and stopped there until 1974, when he had already lost his position with Fillol. In 1975 he played for Independiente. Then he continued his career in Unión, Platense and Chacarita. He was also a union leader.
Total, stopped 21 penalties and before the classic spring of ’75 he had 16 standing (14 in River and 2 in Independiente). Then he stopped another 5 in Union.
In those years, from 1967 to 1975, Argentine soccer had two annual tournaments, the Metropolitan and the National. River had been crowned champion, after 18 years, in August. After a break of almost a month, between September 19 and 21 the first date of the Nacional was played with a novelty: the start was to classic cigars.
The one from Avellaneda stood out over the other 15 games because there were 9 goals, 4 penalties, 3 sent off and because of the historic performance of Alberto Jorge. “Racing Machinery crushed Independiente. By sheer force and will”, He highlighted Clarion the next day. “Independiente put football on, Racing left life”, was the title of the coverage of El Grafico.
The key was in that duel between Jorge and Perico Pérez: “Very few times a shoteador, in front of a specialist like Perico Pérez, was so effective”, Commented the chronicle of Clarion.
Penalties are played with luck. The important thing in Racing today is that he overcame the difficulties and won ”, explained the scorer who until that game had taken only 6 penalties and had converted 5. In Racing, he finally kicked 12 and only deflected two.
“Are you happy?” Asked the chronicler of The graphic. The Pampa Jorge, who despite his nickname was actually born on January 1, 1950 in Villa Maza, Buenos Aires (almost on the border with La Pampa), replied: “Of course I’m happy. I’ll be cold to play but I feel like anyone”.
In the historic magazine they summarized the 5-4 of the Academy like this: “So Racing. Leaving life. Wanting to leave it. Releasing it as if every minute demanded the sacrifice of offering a piece. Regardless of the limits. Without measure”.
The match was played in the Cylinder and the local formed with: Carlos Leone; Rubén Glaría, Jorge Buzzo, Rodolfo Domínguez and Heriberto Correa; Carlos Squeo, Roberto Espósito and Alberto Jorge; Hugo Gottardi, Néstor Scotta and Roberto Díaz. The technician was Osvaldo Zubeldia.
He Red, with José Pérez; José Lencina, Francisco Sa, Alejandro Semenewicz and Ricardo Pavoni; Percy Rojas, Rubén Galván and Ricardo Bochini; Agustín Balbuena, Ricardo Ruiz Moreno and Ricardo Bertoni. The coach, Pedro Dellacha.
In Racing Jorge Brites and Horacio Cordero entered and in Independiente, Daniel Cuiña.
The result was changing. Racing took the lead with a penalty from Jorge, Percy Rojas equaled and Bertoni increased, Jorge tied again from 12 steps and at the end of the stage, Pavoni, from a penalty, established the 3-2. In the final part, Jorge tied, Cordero increased and again Jorge, from a penalty, scored the 5-3. At the last minute, Pancho Sa discounted.