San Lorenzo apply pressure at top after victory over Tigre & Estudiantes edge Talleres (VIDEO)


Claudio Biaggio was only supposed to be an interim option for San Lorenzo after Diego Aguirre left earlier in the season but with only one defeat since and a winning streak that has now taken Los Cuervos level on points with Boca Juniors at the top, the 50-year-old is under serious consideration.

Victory on Thursday over Atlético Tucumán took San Lorenzo level and a fourth straight win on Sunday against Tigre, meant Biaggio’s boys went three points clear for a few hours at least.

Both sides could probably have been on the scoresheet earlier in Victoria with poor finishing denying Carlos Luna an opener for Tigre and the linesman’s flag incorrectly ruling out a San Lorenzo goal. However, the breakthrough did come after 38 minutes when Paulo Diaz volleyed in from Fernando Belluschi’s floated free kick.

The lead didn’t last until half time though with Lucas Janson heading Tigre level moments before the break.

San Lorenzo were stunned by Tigre in Victoria last season but there was to be no repeat this time as Ezequiel Cerutti reestablished the lead with an improvised volley from Nicolás Blandi’s cross.

Tigre pushed for a second. A wonderful save from Nicolás Navarro denied Maxi Caire and referee Fernando Echenique waved away strong appeals for a penalty but San Lorenzo held on for an important three points in the title race.

In Córdoba, at a slightly delayed time due to a waterlogged pitch, Talleres hosted Estudiantes but despite bossing possession and chances it was the visitors that left with the points.

Junior Arias saw a second half penalty saved by Mariano Andújar which meant that Lucas Melano’s early goal settled it. The former Belgrano striker hasn’t set the world alight in La Plata but clearly enjoyed getting one over his old rivals.

Tigre  1 – 2  San Lorenzo

Talleres  0 – 1  Estudiantes

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