There was no real surprise in Real Madrid’s victory on Saturday night in Marrakesh but despite it denying San Lorenzo a fairytale end of the year, El Ciclón can take great heart from a 2014 littered with positives.
Madrid’s 2014 has been pretty decent too and no one can deny that they were worthy Club World Cup champions but in a year where they have obliterated so many of their opponents, San Lorenzo acquitted themselves well. In fact, there will be more than a tinge of disappointment given the nature of the two goals conceded. When facing a side with the attacking talent of Los Merengues, to concede from a set-piece, albeit a very strong Sergio Ramos header, is irksome and when your normally reliable goalkeeper, Sebastián Torrico, allows one of Gareth Bale’s tamest shots to squirm underneath him it is even worse.
Juan Mercier has since made some headlines, labelling the Madrid players “wimps” given the number of free kicks awarded but the gulf in class was apparent. The competition more often than not highlights this disparity, with only two South American sides claiming the title since 2006.
San Lorenzo manager, Edgardo Bauza, said after the match, “There’s no dignity in defeat but it’s an honour for us to end the year in the Club World Cup final, we’re proud in spite of the result.”
And so they should be.
2014 will forever live in the memory of San Lorenzo supporters as they finally captured the Copa Libertadores, ending the incessant taunts of the other ‘Big Five’ who have already lifted the famous trophy. A maiden Libertadores victory and the club seemingly now in great hands under the stewardship of President, Matías Lammens and the powerful vice-President, Marcelo Tinelli. A move back to their original home in Boedo has been agreed and with a new stadium on the original site planned and ready for construction it is an exciting time for Los Cuervos.
Real Madrid 2 – 0 San Lorenzo