Still bouyed from their dramatic Copa Sudamericana win over Banfield during the week, San Lorenzo returned to Primera action on Saturday afternoon and claimed a second win in the Nuevo Gasómetro in five days. Vélez Sarsfield were the visitors and despite causing a scare in the second half, Los Cuervos ran out 2-1 winners.
Just as they did against Banfield, San Lorenzo were quick out of the blocks and after ten minutes Sebastián Blanco gave the home side the lead with a sensational strike. Fernando Belluschi switched the play out to the left and Blanco’s first touch took him away from Maxi Caire before he curled a shot off the underside of the crossbar.
Unable to find a second, Vélez looked as though they might spoil things when Nicolás Tripicchio pounced on a weak clearance to tuck the ball past Sebastián Torrico but almost San Lorenzo were back in front. Blanco charged down the right, his low cross hit Gonzalo Bergessio and Nicolás Blandi smashed the loose ball into the net.
There are still question marks over Aguirre’s side but it has been an important week for the new coach.
Earlier, champions Lanús suffered a further set-back to draw to an end a week to forget. El Granate were dumped out of the Copa Sudamericana by Independiente on Wednesday and on Saturday afternoon slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Unión.
While Jorge Almirón’s side and particularly José Sand had no problems finding the net during the Transición, they are really struggling to do so since lifting the trophy and after finding no way past a resolute Unión defence they were punished after 69 minutes. Martín Rolle’s corner from the right found the head of Lucas Gamba and the visitors took the lead.
This proved to be the winner and earned Unión a valuable three points away from home while Lanús still have someway to go before they are back up to speed.
Lanús 0 – 1 Unión
San Lorenzo 2 – 1 Vélez Sarsfield