There was always a feeling that Chapecoense snatching a draw in the Nuevo Gasómetro three weeks ago could prove decisive and as San Lorenzo toiled in their efforts to find the net in Chapecó, those fears were well placed. The goalless draw on Wednesday night meant Los Cuervos hopes of lifting the Copa Sudamericana were ended as it was their hosts that progressed to meet either Cerro Porteño or Atlético Nacional in the final.
The 2014 Copa Libertadores winners certainly had the stronger side on paper but Chapecoense have proved a difficult side to break down in this year’s competition and just as Independiente failed in the last 16, San Lorenzo came up short.
Understandly Diego Aguirre threw caution to the wind after half time in search of a goal but aside from Emmanuel Mas hitting the woodwork with a header, goalkeeper Danilo repelled any other efforts.
After their elimination from the Copa Argentina, it has been a deeply disappointing week for San Lorenzo after starting the season in such wonderful form.
While San Lorenzo’s exit means that 2016 will be the first year since 2011 that both the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana final won’t feature an Argentine club, Chapecoense’s qualification will be a first Brazilian club in a continental final since Ponte Prete in 2013.
Chapecoense 0 – 0 San Lorenzo (AGG 1-1)
Chapecoense progress on away goals