It was a less than auspicious start for Argentine clubs in this year’s Copa Libertadores after San Lorenzo and Huracán both slumped to identical defeats from albeit tricky fixtures.
In the altitude of Ecuador, San Lorenzo fell to two superb solo goals from Argentine Diego Morales in the second half. Pablo Guede’s side have turned things around somewhat in the Primera but the defence remains far more fragile than it was under Edgardo Bauza and when Los Cuervos’ usually dynamic attack failed to find the net, Claudio Borghi’s new look Liga side took advantage. Plenty of time to turn things around for San Lorenzo, after all in 2014 they also lost their opening match, and that turned out pretty well.
Huracán were back in competitive action for the first time since their awful bus crash in Venezuela and the visit of Colombian league winners, Atlético Nacional was far from the easiest match El Globo could have faced. Missing several key players in the aftermath of the accident, preparation for the match was seriously hindered and despite battling well, on the stroke of half time, the supremely talented youngster Marlos Moreno smashed the Colombians in front. Having Federico Mancinelli sent off midway through the second half put three points out of reach and in the 81st minute, Orlando Berrío wrapped up victory for the visitors. An away trip to Peñarol is next for El Globo before an equally challenging trip to Peru to face Sporting Cristal, reaching the half way mark with points on the board is vital.
Following these defeats San Lorenzo face Huracán in the clásico on Saturday night with both eager to bounce back from defeat. El Globo are in desperate need of a boost and certainly a win over their rivals would do that.
Liga de Quito 2 – 0 San Lorenzo
Atlético Nacional 2 – 0 Huracán