Libertadores CupFriday, March 28, 2014
San Lorenzo hit by late penalty
Lanús dominates at home to be in charge of Group Three
A last-minute penalty scored by Junior Sornoza denied San Lorenzo the victory against Independiente del Valle and put it in a difficult position to qualify for the knock-out stage.
QUITO — San Lorenzo was winning 1-0 with a goal by Nicolás Blandi last night, but referee Carlos Amarilla awarded a penalty for Independiente del Valle in the last play of the match and Junior Sornoza scored the equalizer.
During the first half, Independiente dominated the ball and had the best scoring chances, while the visitors side hardly created an opportunity to break the draw. The best chance for the host came in the sixth minute when Mario Pineida’s shot from outside the box went close to the right post of the goal defended by Sebastián Torrico.
San Lorenzo woke up in the second half and with a counter-attack commanded by Ignacio Piatti almost went ahead in the 50th. The skilled midfielder assisted Ángel Correa, but his shot was blocked by goalie Daniel Librado Azcona.
Edgardo Bauza’s team finally found the net when striker Blandi headed the ball home after a corner by Correa in the 58th minute.
However, Amarilla awarded a late penalty for the host and Sornoza sent it home to equalize. With the draw, San Lorenzo and Independiente have five pointsin Group Two, while Botafogo of Brazil has seven and Unión Española of Chile six points
Earlier, Lanús defeated Group Three leader Cerro Porteño of Paraguay 2-0 at the Néstor Díaz Pérez stadium to dominate the group with a goal difference advantage. Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side, which now shares the first place with Cerro Porteño and Deportivo Cali of Colombia, will play the last round of the group on April 8 against O’Higgins in Chile.
Carlos Araujo and Oscar Benítez scored for the Argentine side yesterday.
A draw against O’Higgins (six points) would be enough for Lanús (seven points) to advance for the next round as it has the best goal average (+1), while Cerro Porteño (0) and Deportivo Cali (-1) has the same points and will face each other.
In yesterday’s match, the goals came in the second half. Maximiliano Velázquez crossed the ball and right-back Araujo sent it home in the 72nd minute. Lanús sealed the victory in injury time when Benítez netted with a header after a corner by Víctor Ayala.
“To be at the top of the group gives us some calm four our next match, because O’Higgins will be also playing for a place in the next round,” said Barros Schelotto. “We dominated the ball and we knew that the goal would come,” added about yesterday’s victory.
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