There were some tired performances on Saturday evening as those sides involved in midweek international competition returned to Superliga action and while San Lorenzo followed up their Copa Libertadores victory with a narrow win over Arsenal, Independiente were unable to reproduce the excitement of their Sudamericana triumph with a late defeat to Lanús.
Ahead of next week’s second leg against Lanús, where San Lorenzo need to complete the job in the Libertadores, Diego Aguirre understandably fielded a second string eleven for the visit of Arsenal.
Were it for better finishing and a little more luck in front of goal, Arsenal could have taken advantage but instead, defender Marcos Senesi arrived unmarked at a corner to nod in the only goal fifteen minutes from time.
Lanús face a mountainous task to overturn San Lorenzo’s lead but managed to secure a win over Independiente thanks to Germán Denis’ 94th minute penalty.
Both sides in Avellaneda were well below par during a 90 minutes of relatively little action. The visitors hurting from that defeat to San Lorenzo and preparing for a huge second leg while Independiente looked hungover from the thrilling win over Atlético Tucumán.
With key players missing on either side it wasn’t the Superliga fixture that a meeting between two of the better sides should have been but the goalless draw that the clash merited was avoided with the last kick of the game.
So deep into stoppage time, Independiente naively thought their corner was the last action of the game but when Lanús headed clear and broke, there was sufficient time for Lautaro Acosta to be tripped by goalkeeper Martín Campaña and Denis to thump home from the spot.