A torrid run of form in the league and under the temporary management of José Chamot, Rosario Central were dealt a further blow on Wednesday evening with defeat to São Paulo in the Copa Sudamericana.
A goalless draw in Rosario back in April had left all to play for in the Estádio do Morumbi and a fiery second leg was decided by just a single second half goal in favour of the hosts.
Somehow midfielder Petros had failed to give São Paulo a first half lead, missing the target from three yards out, but Nene was also guilty of missing a clear chance that had let Central off the hook.
Central’s main threat was from set pieces and long range efforts and so it was no real surprise when the hosts led, Diego Souza bundling in after an initial shot had come back off the post.
In need of just one goal to progress, Central pushed forward and although Marco Ruben forced goalkeeper Sidão into action, an equaliser never came.
The hosts ended the game with nine men as Petros and substitute Christian Cueva were sent off late on but São Paulo held on to progress to the next stage of the Copa Sudamericana.