San Lorenzo holding on to finish third in last year’s Superliga did little to gloss over the fact that Claudio Biaggio’s side have been less than impressive for at least a year now. Los Cuervos have made few additions of quality in the transfer market and on Thursday evening were dealt a wake-up call by Chilean club Deportes Temuco.
Pablo Mouche, the only new face in an otherwise underwhelming San Lorenzo side, struggled all evening and although Nicolás Blandi went close the visitors saw two decent penalty shouts waved away.
When Blandi finally did break the deadlock, turning in Mouche’s cut-back, it looked as though San Lorenzo would at least take an advantage to Temuco in a couple of weeks but a woefully defended corner saw Mathias Riquero swiftly equalise for the visitors.
The Chileans would likely have taken the draw before kick off but with seven minutes remaining a free-kick into the San Lorenzo penalty area found Riquero unmarked once more and his second header of the game skidded past Nicolás Navarro.
Claudio Biaggio will be hoping for more reinforcements before the start of the Superliga season and on August 15th his side will need victory in Chile if they are to meet either Paraguayan club Sol de América or Uruguayan giants Nacional in the Sudamericana last 16.