San Lorenzo 0 – 0 Cruzeiro

D’Alessandro can’t break through

Ramón Díaz’s side had lost three matches in a row prior to this one – two in the league as well as last week’s Copa opener against Caracas – and went out looking to end the run with a win against one of the favourites for the trophy on Thursday night. As it was, they couldn’t get that win, but they have at least managed to halt the run of defeats.

That’ll be meager consolation, though, because they’ve now gone four matches in 2008 without scoring, in spite of Andrés D’Alessandro’s arrival. In the first half against Cruzeiro, El Cabezón was the only San Lorenzo player who really lent any thought to the home side’s attacking, and even these contributions were mainly manifested at set-pieces: charged with taking the corners, he attempted an olímpico (shooting direct from a corner) but saw visiting goalkeeper Fábio equal to the effort. Later on, with everyone expecting a cross from a wide free kick, D’Alessandro shot, and hit the post.

There was a hearts-in-mouths moment for the San Lorenzo faithful with six minutes to go before break, when a nice combination put Wagner through on Agustín Orión’s goal, but despite being allowed two goes, the Brazilian striker couldn’t beat the home goalie.

The second half was similarly poor for San Lorenzo, as they once again missed the few chances they came up with, and were lucky to escape conceding a second goal when Fabrício went up for a header in the box and saw his effort marginally off target. Andrés Silvera had the best of the chances for San Lorenzo, thinking he’d beaten Fábio already before the visiting ‘keeper pulled off a scarcely believable save. As the half wore on, Bernardo Romeo and Aureliano Torres were both introduced by Díaz, but to no avail.

The draw was harsh on San Lorenzo, but in their centenary year, they need to start celebrating goals as well as anniversaries, and soon.

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