Only a failed medical with Talleres stopped Santiago García leaving Godoy Cruz in the summer but after falling out of favour, the Uruguayan striker has found himself back in Lucas Bernardi’s plans and on Friday evening it was El Morro’s brace that gave Godoy Cruz victory in the Clásico Cuyano.
When the two sides met a couple of weeks ago in Mendoza the game ended goalless but San Martín started well on their own turf and looked the more likely to make the breakthrough. However, five minutes before half time, García slid in Fabricio Angileri’s low cross from the left to give the visitors the lead.
San Martín were enjoying the majority of possession and created the far clearer opportunities but on the hour mark were further behind when García found some space in the penalty area and twisted away from two defenders to slam the ball past Luis Ardente.
Gustavo Villarruel swiftly pulled a goal back and when Javier Correa squandered a chance to reestablish the two-goal lead from the penalty spot, El Verdinegro spied an opportunity to comeback. However, the home side found Godoy Cruz goalkeeper Rodrigo Rey in inspired form and could not force an equaliser.