2-0: San Lorenzo will face Santos

The Saint
Lawrence Argentine won 2-0 against the University of Chile and got the passport to the third round of the Cup
Liberators, where they will face Santos for a place in the group zone of the continental tournament.

Franco Di Santo (m.13) and Paraguayan Ángel Romero (m.59) converted the goals of San Lorenzo who, after the tie last Wednesday (1-1) in Santiago, managed to prevail in this tie and guarantee their continuity in the Copa Libertadores.

The Chilean team, led by Venezuelan Rafael Dudamel, arrived with thirteen casualties at this meeting due to an outbreak of coronavirus in the squad and had to dispute the definition of this trans-Andean series in inferior conditions.

After the tie in the first leg, San Lorenzo faced this commitment with the need to prevail against a weakened rival and with a more offensive formation in search of a difference that would guarantee its continuity in the tournament.

At 13 minutes he scored the first goal through a Franco Di Santo header, after a corner kick, which left goalkeeper Fernando De Paul with no options. The University of Chile, with its limitations and several youth players in the starting eleven, tried to circulate the ball to supply its forwards Angelo Henriquez and Joaquín Larrivey.

Julian Palacios (San Lorenzo) tries to snatch the ball from Marcelo Morales

However, the good work in defense of the local team, despite the absence of Diego Braghieri – expelled in the first leg – made it easier for San Lorenzo to go to rest with a meager advantage.

At the beginning of the second half, the U of Chile was able to equalize after a team play, but in the 59th minute it was San Lorenzo who scored the second with an exquisite definition from Ángel Romero. The Paraguayan, six minutes later, was substituted and could not hide his annoyance and his gesture of disapproval with coach Diego Dabove, who makes him alternate between starter and substitute.

The visiting cast rotated the bank with the income of Cristóbal Muñoz and Ignacio Castro, then Brandon Cortés and Pablo Aranguiz but did not find the depth to at least discount. San Lorenzo will face the Brazilian Santos, current runner-up in America, in the third phase of the tournament.

2 – San Lorenzo: José Devecchi; Andrés Herrera, Federico Gattoni, Alejandro Donatti, Gabriel Rojas; Diego Rodríguez (d.78, Sirio Cabral), Jalil Elías; Juan Ramírez (m.78, Nicolás Fernández), Ángel Romero (m.65, Bruno Pittón) and Julián Palacios (m.84, Alexis Flores); Franco Di Santo (m.84, Lucas Melano).

Coach: Diego Dabove

0 – University of Chile: Fernando De Paul; Daniel Navarrete, Sebastián Galani, Bastian Ubal and Marcelo Morales (m.76, Ignacio Castro), Simón Contreras (m.86, Brandon Cortés), Mauricio Morales, Camilo Moya (m.86, Pablo Aranguiz) and Nahuel Luján (m. 56, Thomas Rodríguez); Ángelo Henríquez and Joaquín Larrivey (d.76, Cristóbal Muñoz).

Coach: Rafael Dudamel

Goals: 1-0, Franco Di Santo (d. 13); 2-0, Ángel Romero (m. 59)

Referee: Uruguayan Leodán González admonished Gattoni, Diego Rodríguez, Ubal, Marcelo Morales, Mauricio Morales, Moya, Henríquez and Thomas Rodríguez.

Incidents: second leg of Phase 2 of the Copa Libertadores played at the Pedro Bidegain ‘Nuevo Gasómetro’ stadium, in Buenos Aires