San Lorenzo made a winning start to friendly season with victory over Defensa y Justicia in Mar del Plata in the opening game of the annual Torneo de Verano.
Claudio Biaggio’s side, who appear the most likely to challenge Boca Juniors for the Superliga title, posed a threat on the counter throughout and young striker Nicolás Reniero took his opportunity to impress, starting ahead of Nicolás Blandi.
Reniero had already hit the post when he gave San Lorenzo the lead after half an hour. The 22-year-old saw an initial shot saved by Ezequiel Unsain but Alexis Castro kept the ball alive and his drilled cross was turned in at the back post by Reniero.
Immediately after the restart, San Lorenzo doubled the lead when another swift attack saw Ruben Botta escape down the right and Unsain could once more only palm the ball into the path of Reniero for a simple tap-in.
Alexis Castro, who impressed with Leandro Romagnoli in midfield, volleyed an excellent third shortly after the hour mark and although Fernando Márquez pulled one back for Defensa y Justicia, it was a deserved victory for San Lorenzo.
SAN LORENZO: José Devecchi; Marcos Angeleri, Fabricio Coloccini, Marcos Senesi, Víctor Salazar; Franco Moyano, Robert Piris da Motta, Alexis Castro; Leandro Romagnoli, Rubén Botta; Nicolás Reniero
DEFENSA Y JUSTICIA: Ezequiel Unsain; Rafael Barrios, Lisandro Martínez, Dylan Gissi, Rafael Delgado; Leonel Miranda, Andrés Cubas, Mariano Bareiro, Franco Cristaldo; Juan Cruz Kaprof, Ciro Rius