San Lorenzo garnered a key three points in their quest to read the knockout stages of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday night, beating Real Potosí for the second time, this time in rather less incredible fashion than the comeback from 2-0 down in Bolivia two weeks ago – although the decisive goal was a penalty once again. For the report and the goal video, read on…
The hosts started more brightly, and deserved to be ahead long before they actually were, only poor finishing preventing them, Bernardo Romeo enduring a dreadful evening in front of goal. With Andrés D’Alessandro conducting and full back Adrián González playing almost more like a winger as the visitors put in a performance which inspired TyCSports‘ website to report that, ‘San Lorenzo didn’t have any opponents tonight…’ Ramón Díaz’s boys were already good value for a lead when the Brazilian referee spotted a foul on Gonzalo Bergessio which few – if any – others saw.
The debatable nature of the award didn’t bother González, who stepped up and put San Lorenzo a goal up. The team’s confidence thus boosted, they continued to dominate the game until half-time. In the second half, Real came out more determined and actually provided some resistance. As they pressured, knowing a defeat would knock them out of the competition for sure, San Lorenzo were able to counter. D’Alessandro helped the ball on to Bergessio, who shot powerfully and saw the ball cannon back off the crossbar.
Later on, as they pushed, Real Potosí had similar bad luck, Isidoro Candía trying his luck from range with a shot that left Agustín Orión in the home goal totally stranded, but also hit the bar. As they pushed in the final minutes, San Lorenzo got increasingly uncomfortable, but in the end they staggered across the line. They’ve now won five matches in a row in league and Copa, but they’ll have to improve if they’re to qualify here. They’re third in Group 1, level with Caracas, with 7 points, and one behind Cruzeiro, their next opponents, on the 3rd April.
San Lorenzo 1 – 0 Real Potosí