“It’s all difficult; we are not producing the football that we can and there are no excuses,” said the increasingly under pressure San Lorenzo manager Diego Aguirre after Sunday’s defeat to Atlético Tucumán.
Copa Libertadores progression hangs in the balance after three matches have yielded just a point and a third defeat in five league matches has seen Los Cuervos fall seven points behind leaders Boca Juniors.
Summer player sales no doubt weakened San Lorenzo but Aguirre is correct to point out that his side are not at the level they should be and a narrow game in Tucumán was eventually settled by Fernando Zampedri. So often El Decano’s match winner, the centre forward headed in from a corner just after the hour mark.
With any chances of the Primera title slipping away and a possible first round exit in the Libertadores, Aguirre’s future in Bajo Flores is uncertain.
In Mendoza, Godoy Cruz responded to three consecutive defeats to see off Banfield despite falling behind early to Darío Cvitanich’s third goal since rejoining the club.
Javier Correa’s diving header got El Tomba back on level terms just before half time and Fabricio Angileri’s volley put Lucas Bernardi’s side ahead.
Gastón Giménez was harshly sent off to give Banfield some hope but another bizarre decision saw Godoy Cruz awarded a penalty and Carlos Matheu also given his marching orders for a handball that never was. Correa converted from the spot to wrap up a 3-1 win for the home side.
Godoy Cruz 3 – 1 Banfield
Atlético Tucumán 1 – 0 San Lorenzo