San Lorenzo have plenty of work to do if they are to reach this year’s Copa Sudamericana final after squandering a first half lead in the Nuevo Gasómetro against Chapecoense.
With Fernando Belluschi suspended as a result of his red card in the quarter-final, Los Cuervos were perhaps missing a touch of creativity in midfield but still had no problem in taking the lead before the hour mark. Martín Cauteruccio’s free kick was swung into the penalty area and although Marcos Angeleri jumped to meet it, the ball whistled past his head and in doing so wrong footed Danilo in the Chapecoense goal.
Both sides had chances but on the hour mark the visitors claimed what could be a vital away goal. Dener charged down the left and although Ananais still had plenty to do when he received the low cross, the midfielder swivelled and drilled the ball past Sebastián Torrico.
The iconic San Lorenzo goakeeper would later make a huge save to ensure the damage wasn’t more serious and Nicolás Blandi missed a glorious opportunity to reestablish the lead but it ended all square.
History certainly suggests Chapecoense are now favourites but with the second leg not until November 23rd, Diego Aguirre has plenty of time to prepare his side.
San Lorenzo 1 – 1 Chapecoense