San Lorenzo looked dead and buried with Diego Aguirre seemingly hovering above the trapdoor a little over a week ago but back-to-back wins in the Copa Libertadores and suddenly El Ciclón have a place in the knockout stages in their own hands.
Nahuel Barrios’ dramatic late winner against Universidad Católica last Tuesday set in motion a wonderful week for Aguirre’s side, as a league win over Gimnasia at the weekend was last night supplemented with a stunning 3-0 win away to Atlético Paranaense.
A well worked corner routine provided an early opener as Paulo Díaz nodded in at the back post to ease any nerves in the Arena da Baixada.
Matías Caruzzo and Marcos Angeleri were excellent in defence to keep the home side at bay and just after the hour mark, San Lorenzo doubled their lead. Rubén Botta crossed from the right and Nicolás Blandi rose to head in the second.
With the points all but secure, Botta added a third in stoppage time with a smart low finish past Weverton and Los Cuervos were heading back to Buenos Aires back in control of their own destiny.
Flamengo beat Universidad Católica to take top spot but the Brazilian side must travel to the Nuevo Gasómetro in two weeks and the winners will be guaranteed a place in the next round. After two successive first round exits since lifting the trophy in 2014, San Lorenzo are desperate to reach the latter statges.