San Lorenzo sit just a little off the leaders in the league and have a Copa Sudamericana semi final next week but their hopes of a third trophy was ended on Thursday evening as Gimnasia caused something of an upset in Salta and claimed a place in the Copa Argentina semi-final at the expense of Los Cuervos.
Gimnasia have struggled to score goals in the league but it took Gustavo Alfaro’s side just two minutes to lead in the Estadio Padre Martearena. A cross from deep on the left managed to find the back post where Nicolás Ibáñez was left unmarked to turn the ball past Sebastián Torrico.
Having been so dynamic earlier in the season, San Lorenzo looked disjointed and it was El Lobo who continued to look the better side so when the lead was doubled it came as no real surprise.
This time a low cross from the right was poorly dealt with, Fabricio Coloccini was found guilty of napping and allowed Ramiro Carrera to tap in.
At two-down, San Lorenzo looked beaten but it proved to be a catalyst for a thrilling comeback and within minutes, Diego Aguirre’s side pulled a goal back. Gonzalo Bergessio’s header across goal was forced in by Sebastián Blanco and five minutes later, El Ciclón were level. Fernando Belluschi crossed from the right and Paulo Díaz rose to head the ball past Alexis Arias.
With thirty minutes still to play and Gimnasia soon after reduced to ten men when Maxi Coronel received a second yellow card, San Lorenzo looked the more likely winners but unable to find a winner, the tie went to penalties.
Arias saved from Marcos Angeleri with the first spotkick and with Gimnasia players keeping their cool to beat Sebastián Torrico, it was El Lobo in control. Martín Cauteruccio needed to score to keep pace and blasted his effort over the top meaning it was left to Manuel Guanini to slot the ball into the net and seal a 4-2 win.
Gimnasia will now face River Plate in the semi-final with Belgrano up against Rosario Central in the other half of the draw.
Gimnasia 2 – 2 San Lorenzo