Ricardo Caruso Lombardi and the rest of the Huracán supporting world may not have been pleased with Darío Herrera’s refereeing performance but all that will be remembered is that San Lorenzo celebrated a clásico victory and in the process handed El Globo the 1000th league defeat of their professional existance.
A typically tight encounter sprang to life when the home side took the lead midway through the first half. Martín Cauteruccio led a counter, running with the ball from his own half, and when no challenge came the Uruguayan rifled a low shot past Marcos Díaz from the edge of the penalty area.
Huracán thought they were level before half time but Sebastián Torrico miraculously kept out Ignacio Pussetto close range effort, and El Globo’s luck didn’t change after the break. A harsh penalty was awarded the home side for handball but for the second clásico the usually reliable Néstor Ortigoza saw his effort saved.
The break may have boosted Huracán but on the hour mark, Patricio Toranzo was sent off for a perceived stamp on Fernando Belluschi and a minute later, Sebastián Blanco skipped past two challenges to double the lead in wonderful fashion.
San Lorenzo could have extended their lead during a one-sided end to the game but cruised to victory and returned to winning ways before the international break. While El Globo bemoan certain decisions with only a solitary win, they are hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone.
In Victoria, Tigre’s excellent recent form continued as they overcame Belgrano to win 2-1 and make it seven matches without defeat. Alexis Castro has been in equally blistering form during this run and the 22-year-old blasted El Matador ahead after only ten minutes with a viciously struck left footed shot. Claudio Bieler smashed the visitors level from the penalty spot midway through the first half but Diego Morales volleyed a winner in the 73rd minute.
Atlético de Rafaela remain rooted to the foot of the descenso table after a 1-1 draw away to Banfield. Gabriel Gudiño handed La Crema a first half lead with a superb goal cutting inside onto his left foot before finding the top corner but Banfield have been decent in the Estadio Florencio Sola this season and levelled thanks to Santiago Silva’s penalty.
Banfield 1 – 1 Atlético de Rafaela
Tigre 2 – 1 Belgrano
San Lorenzo 2 – 0 Huracán