Goalkeeper Sebastián Torrico is already an icon at San Lorenzo but San Torrico, as he is known in Bajo Flores, added a new chapter to his legend on Tuesday night with a dramatic late penalty save to ensure Los Cuervos progressed to the Copa Sudamericana last 16 at the expense of Banfield.
Trailing 2-0 from the first leg the odds were stacked against Diego Aguirre’s side but in an astonishing start to the return leg it took just five minutes for the home side to level and another five to take the lead.
Matías Caruzzo headed San Lorenzo ahead on the night with three minutes on the clock and two minutes later it was two when Nicolás Blandi nodded in from close range following a breaktaking passing move that sliced open a bewildered Banfield backline.
Shellshocked from their seeing their lead evaporate so quickly it soon got worse for the visitors when Hilario Navarro fumbled a routine catch from a corner and allowed Blandi to hammer in his second of the night.
Alexís Soto titled the tie back in favour of Banfield in the 24th minute when he rifled a low shot past Sebastián Torrico but the crazy opening period was not finished there. San Lorenzo seized back the advantage before half time through a wonderful bicycle kick from Martín Cauteruccio and so once more the visitors needed a goal to level the aggregate score.
There were no further goals but in the 87th minute Banfield were presented with a golden opportunity to snatch victory after Emmanuel Más was adjudged to have pulled back Brian Sarmiento. Santiago Silva stepped up to seal the win from twelve yards but saw his firmly struck effort saved by Torrico.
An agonising defeat for Banfield but a significant boost for Diego Aguirre in his short time as San Lorenzo boss.
San Lorenzo 4 – 1 Banfield (AGG 4-3)