Following two draws and a defeat, San Lorenzo were in desperate need of a first Copa Libertadores win in this year’s tournament and were within a couple of minute of achieving just that. Lincoln’s scrappy 89th minute equaliser in the Nuevo Gasómetro for visiting Grêmio leaves Los Cuervos needing probably two wins from their final two group six matches if they are to reach the knockout stages.
The home side couldn’t have asked for a better start when Fernando Belluschi was tripped in the penalty box after two minutes leaving Néstor Ortigoza to slot home the opener with ease. Despite the visitors having chances, Pablo Guede should probably have seen his side further ahead after several missed chances and Emmanuel Más hitting the crossbar.
San Lorenzo couldn’t add a second and with the game nearing an end, a ball over the top caused panic in the defence and after a couple of blocks the ball fell to Lincoln, whose scuffed shot had just enough to elude Matías Carruzo on the line.
Toluca can seal their qualification when they host Liga de Quito on April 5th but with Libertadores seeding still at stake the Mexicans still have something to play for making San Lorenzo’s long journey in their next match far from easy.