The term ‘friendly’ is somewhat paradoxical when the summer preseason schedule pits some of Argentine football’s most fierce rivals against one another and while San Lorenzo and new manager Pablo Guede will console themselves that there was nothing on the line, Huracán will revel in Saturday night’s 3-1 victory.
The two sides had not met in a summer friendly in Mar del Plata since 1974 but El Globo will be hoping for more trips to the coast after a convincing win which bodes well for 2016 and adds a little bit of extra pressure on Guede, who has Edgardo Bauza’s sizeable boots to fill.
Still locked goalless on the brink of half-time, Daniel Montenegro produced a moment of magic to give Huracán the lead. The veteran playmaker clipped a wonderful free-kick from the edge of the box, over the wall and beyond Sebastián Torrico to claim yet another summer tournament goal during a long career with River and Independiente.
While it had been a pretty tight affair up until that point, El Globo emerged for the second half much the better side and two goals in two minutes sent the supporters into wild celebrations. The always dangerous Ramón Wanchope Ábila scored first and almost immediately afterwards Cristian Espinoza burst beyond the San Lorenzo defence and when Torrico blocked his initial effort the ball bounced off the unfortunate Matías Caruzzo and into the net.
San Lorenzo’s talented young midfielder Facundo Quignon did pull a goal back with a header from a corner but it was nothing more than a consolation. The result is an early setback for Pablo Guede but with the Supercopa against Boca Juniors to come before the start of the league season and the Copa Libertadores, Los Cuervos have plenty of opportunities to make amends.