March 9, 2014
Initial tournamentMonday, December 2, 2013
San Lorenzo stumbles at home
Championship decider postponed for one week
The Argentine Football Association (AFA) decided to postpone the last round of the Initial Tournament after San Lorenzo wasted its chance to clinch the title yesterday when it drew 0-0 at home against Estudiantes de La Plata.
San Lorenzo gave away a chance to win the Initial Tournament title yesterday, settling for a 0-0 draw at home against Estudiantes de La Plata.
Juan Antonio Pizzi’s team is still in good shape to lift the trophy and leads by two points over Vélez Sarsfield, Newell’s Old Boys and Lanús with one round to play.
The match might have turned in the 85th minute when San Lorenzo’s Juan Ignacio Cavallaro was taken down in the box, but referee Pablo Lunati did not award a penalty.
In the next round, San Lorenzo visits Vélez and Lanús plays at Newell’s. But the final round will be postponed for one week as Lanús has to play the South American Cup final against Ponte Preta of Brazil.
Pizzi’s team has 32 points, while Vélez, Lanús and Newell’s are behind with 30. Neither side had a fantastic tournament, but Vélez and Lanús have been the best teams during the second half of the championship. Both clubs accumulate seven games without defeats (five victories and two draws). Newell’s has been disappointing lately and has not won a match since the 11th round. San Lorenzo, meanwhile, was the most irregular of the four teams as it won three games in the second half of the tournament.
After yesterday’s draw against Estudiantes, San Lorenzo’s President Matías Lammens said that the match against Vélez at the José Amalfitani stadium should be played without fans as there could be incidents between supporters.
“There’ve already been two deaths (a Vélez fan in 2008 and a San Lorenzo supporter in 2011). The best thing would be to play without public. There are going to be San Lorenzo fans who want to go,” said Lammens.
Visitors are not allowed to go to stadiums, but the president said “it’s logical” that the San Lorenzo fans want to attend.
San Lorenzo will not count on defender and captain Pablo Alvarado, as he was sent off yesterday, while Vélez will be without Mauro Zárate, its best player, who was shown a straight red card on Saturday in the team’s 2-0 win over Colón.
Earlier, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata defeated Quilmes 3-2 in a match that it should have won with a wider margin.
Facundo Pereyra, in the fourth and 36th minutes, and Colombian José Correa, in the 46th, scored for Gimnasia. Jonathan Zacaría and Joaquín Boghossian, in the 18th and 70th minutes, respectively, netted for Quilmes.
Herald with agencies
18TH ROUND RESULTS — On Friday: Godoy Cruz 0 Olimpo 1; Rosario Central 1 Racing 1. On Saturday: Colón 0 Vélez 2; Tigre 3 Atl. Rafaela 1; Arsenal 1 Belgrano 4; All Boys 3 Newell’s 1. On Sunday: Gimnasia 3 Quilmes 2; San Lorenzo 0 Estudiantes 0; Lanús 2 Boca 2; River v Argentinos (late).
NEXT ROUND — Boca v Gimnasia; Newell’s v Lanús; Belgrano v All Boys; Atlético Rafaela v Arsenal; Estudiantes v Tigre; Vélez v San Lorenzo; Olimpo v Colón; Racing v Godoy Cruz; Argentinos v Rosario Central; Quilmes v River.
LEADING GOALSCORERS: 10 — C. Pereyra (Belgrano). 9 — M. Matos (All Boys). 8 — I. Piatti (San Lorenzo); D. Vera (Atl. Rafaela). 7 — L. Pratto (Vélez); S. Silva (Lanús); E. Gigliotti (Boca).
RELEGATION AVERAGE: Quilmes 1.250; All Boys 1.245; Colón 1.204; Argentinos 1.194; Godoy Cruz 1.181; Olimpo 1.111.