“We did not deserve to leave empty handed” were the words of an irate Eduardo Domínguez after his Huracán side narrowly lost to San Lorenzo in the Nuevo Gasómetro on Saturday afternoon. El Globo will feel as though every decision went against them but Nicolás Blandi’s second half goal handed Los Cuervos a vital three points in their title challenge and gained revenge for the defeat last season that all but ended their hopes of lifting the Torneo 2015 trophy.
Huracán almost led within a minute after Mariano González bent a shot inches wide of Sebastián Torrico’s left hand post but the first moment of controversy came with nine minutes on the clock. González was again involved as his incredible dipping volley beat Torrico, came off the underside of the bar and bounced out from the goalline. The players appealed but the referee’s assistant insisted the ball hadn’t crossed the line. Several replays were needed but in defence of the officials it appeared to be the correct decision by a matter of milimetres.
With little between the two sides, the breakthrough came on the hour mark when Néstor Ortigoza clipped a ball over the top for Pablo Barrientos, whose pass inside was directed on goal by defender Federico Mancinelli before Nicolás Blandi made sure on the goalline.
Los Cuervos looked certain to double the lead when Jorge Baliño awarded a penalty for a handball committed by Mauro Bogado. Néstor Ortigoza has only ever missed one spotkick in his career but the Paraguayan stepped up and saw his effort come back off the crossbar and give the visitors hope that just as they did in Parque Patricios earlier this season, they could steal a point.
Eduardo Domínguez will certainly feel that they should have had the chance after Ramón Ábila went down in the area under the challenge of Matías Caruzzo but Baliño waved away their pleas.
A clásico victory is always significant but for San Lorenzo it keeps them level on points with Godoy Cruz at the top of Zone One and ends Huracán slim hopes of catching Lanús and Estudiantes in Zone Two.
San Lorenzo 1 – 0 Huracán