San Lorenzo are going to have to qualify for the Copa Libertadores knockout stages the hard way after falling to a second consecutive defeat in Group Four against Atlético Paranaense in Bajo Flores.
Three years ago, Los Cuervos did just that and went onto lift the trophy but the two subsequent editions, San Lorenzo have crashed out at this stage and are desperate not to complete a hat-trick.
That could now be complicated after former Huracán and River Plate midfielder Lucho González headed the only goal of the game in the Nuevo Gasómetro on Wednesday night.
The 36-year-old could have had at least a couple more as a result of San Lorenzo’s loose defending but Diego Aguirre’s side will look to their own missed opportunities and wondered how they failed to pick up any points.
The most glaring example came on the second half when Nicolás Blandi rolled a penalty wide of the post, only a minute after regular taker Néstor Ortigoza had been substituted.
It felt like it wasn’t meant to be for Los Cuervos but Diego Aguirre now finds himself under considerable pressure. It is far from over for San Lorenzo but next month’s trip to Uruguay to face Universidad Católica is huge and a third defeat would leave any hopes hanging by a thread.
San Lorenzo 0 – 1 Atlético Paranaense