San Lorenzo and Independiente begin the summer friendly season with a draw (VIDEO)

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There was nothing particularly illuminating about the first summer friendly in Mar del Plata of the year between San Lorenzo and Independiente and as always with these matches both managers will simply be pleased to have players come through unscathed with minutes under their belts.

Pablo Guede made his official debut as San Lorenzo boss but with eyes on the Supercopa against Boca Juniors on February 3rd, his team selection for this initial friendly was very much second-string. Mauricio Pellegrino, in the opposite dugout, named a stronger starting eleven but was still missing Diego Vera, Cebolla Rodríguez and Jesús Méndez, at least from the start, and of course is yet to complete deals for the reinforcements needed after the sales of Federico Mancuello and Matías Pisano.

With that in mind, the meeting between the two sides was about as exciting and competitive as one should expect from the opening preseason. San Lorenzo’s young side, which drew heavily from the reserves, who were crowned champions in 2015, perhaps shaded the exchanges and deservedly took the lead after the hour mark.

A long ball into the box was poorly defended by Gustavo Toledo and it allowed Nicolás Blandi to coast in behind, pull the ball down and steer it past Diego Rodríguez.

It appeared that would be enough for a debut victory for Guede but the introduction of Jesús Méndez saw Independiente take the initiative and with minutes remaining the influential midfielder swung in a free-kick which was headed in by Víctor Cuesta after some hesitant goalkeeping by Argentina under-20 international José Devecchi.

With both sides missing players, lacking match fitness and awaiting further reinforcements in the transfer window, marked improvements are expected by the time the season kicks off in February.

San Lorenzo  1 – 1  Independiente

7 responses to “San Lorenzo and Independiente begin the summer friendly season with a draw (VIDEO)

    • I am an Independiente supporter, although I try and be as impartial as possible when it comes to Golazo. There are a number of players in the Primera and one of the best things is catching many of the talented youngsters before they are sold to Europe. Independiente’s Martin Benitez could be off very soon but this year it will be interesting to see Joaquin Arzura, who has replaced Kranevitter at River, and Giovani Lo Celso from Rosario Central. To name just a couple.

  1. Hehe, believe me or not but my fav is Independiente too. (Next are: Newell’s, Central, Lanus, Argentinos, San Lorenzo, Velez…). And Martin Benitez is my fav player along Adrian Cubas, Pity Martinez, and Nicolas Tagliafico. And yes, I’m very interesting about Arzura in River. He is so smart on the pitch. How he will be in Kranevitter place? I cannot imagine him behind Tigre still.
    Actually Martin Benitez reminds me Messi (toutees proportions gardees). I would like to see him in Europe, but for a half of year, and not in Galatasaray.

    I am from Poland, but my passion is Argentinean league.

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