All Godoy Cruz had to do was match San Lorenzo’s result for a place in the Transición final against Lanús and with Los Cuervos struggling against Banfield in the Nuevo Gasómetro, El Tomba will perhaps never have a better opportunity. Sadly, their defeat away to San Martín meant that San Lorenzo’s point was enough to claim top spot in zone one and set up next Sunday’s title decider.
With the two games taking place simultaneously, it was Godoy Cruz who suffered the first blow when their defence completely failed to mark Matías Escudero and allowed the defender to head San Martín into an 11th minute lead completely unmarked.
The good news had filtered through to supporters in Bajo Flores but they nervously watched as Banfield started the better of the two sides and so it was little surprise when Santiago Silva slotted the visitors in front.
Crucially a minute before half time, Sebastián Blanco equalised from close range for Los Cuervos and so at half time in both games, it was San Lorenzo who held the advantage.
El Ciclón were unable to find a winner in the second half and with only a point had to anxiously await news from San Juan knowing that just one goal for Godoy Cruz would be enough to take the place in the final.
El Tomba threw everyone forward but after Jaime Ayoví hit the woodwork and Santiago Garcia was sent off it looked as though it wasn’t going to be their day.
Desperation forced the visitors to take even more chances in injury time and with Rodrigo Rey out of goal, Ezequiel Montagna rolled in a second.
Ayoví was sent off in the aftermatch for suggesting that the officials had been bribed but while Godoy Cruz lamented the loss of an opportunity to make club history, San Lorenzo wildly celebrated the zone one title.
Lanús await San Lorenzo next Sunday in the Monumental with the Transición title up for grabs.
San Lorenzo 1 – 1 Banfield
San Martín 2 – 0 Godoy Cruz