He might only had to face one penalty but Ezequiel Cerutti was still the player wearing the goalkeeper’s gloves as Gimnasia missed the decisive penalty that handed San Lorenzo a final preseason victory.
A shoulder injury to Sebastián Torrico while saving his second of the shootout meant diminutive forward Ezequiel Cerutti was the makeshift goalkeeper as Agustín Bolívar struck the post with Gimnasia’s fourth penalty and handed San Lorenzo a 3-1 penalty win.
Fernando Belluschi appeared to have won it for San Lorenzo midway through the second half when Gimnasia’s attempts to play out from the back resulted in disaster and gifted the midfielder a simple tap-in from the edge of the box.
However, San Lorenzo were in an equally charitable mood and deep into injury time, Sebastián Torrico fumbled a ball that was routinely rolling out of play and then in his attempt to make amends, bundled over Brahian Aléman. Gimnasia’s playmaker stepped up to equalise and so the friendly was forced to penalties.
Penalty expert Torrico was exonerated of his error with two saves in the shootout and so when Bolívar failed to find a way past Cerutti, San Lorenzo were victorious.
With a week to go before the Superliga season resumes, San Lorenzo will still be hopeful of doing some business as Claudio Biaggio’s side do not look like the side to challenge Boca Juniors at present.
SAN LORENZO: Torrico; Salazar, Rodríguez, Caruzzo, Rojas; Gudiño, Mercier, Quignón, Belluschi; Cerutti, Blandi
GIMNASIA: Arias; Oreja, Coronel, Alderete, Colazo; Rinaudo, Faravelli, Dibble, Aleman; Pereyra, Niell