San Lorenzo were the only Argentine club to reach the Copa Sudamericana quarter-finals in midweek but there was no sign of tiredness on Saturday afternoon against Atlético de Rafaela.
Only 13 seconds were on the clock when the impressive Fernando Belluschi blasted Los Cuervos in front from distance and the midfielder proved instrumental in doubling the lead after 25 minutes. The 33-year-old dissected the visitor’s defence to find Emmanuel Mas and the defender cut the ball back for Nicolás Blandi to continue his hot streak in front of goal.
La Crema did manage to pull a goal back when Gabriel Gudiño’s low cross took a huge deflection off Mas and ballooned into the net but it was failed to spark a comeback. After a gruelling week of travel it was a good three points for Los Cuervos, who now sit in the large chasing pack just below league leaders, Estudiantes.
In Córdoba, Belgrano and Lanús were both trying to put midweek cup exits behind them and despite having the better of the game it took a last minute equaliser from Lautaro Acosta to snatch a point for the champions.
Mario Bolatti’s wonderfully precise finish from just outside the penalty area gave the home side the lead shortly before half time and it looked as though it would earn El Pirata all three points. However, in the last minute of normal time, second half substitute Acosta rose to head in Maxi Velázquez’s corner.
San Lorenzo 2 – 1 Atlético de Rafaela
Belgrano 1 – 1 Lanús