Soccer — Final TournamentFriday, April 4, 2014
San Lorenzo finds some relief at home
Defeats Arsenal de Sarandí 2-0
San Lorenzo’s Julio Buffarini (left) celebrates with teammate Ángel Correa after scoring against Arsenal de Sarandí.
Julio Buffarini, with a penalty, and Héctor Villalba scored in San Lorenzo’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal to give some relief to the defending champion.
Title holder San Lorenzo returned to victory yesterday when it defeated Arsenal de Sarandí 2-0 at the Nuevo Gasómetro stadium in a match for the 11th round of the Final Tournament.
Edgardo Bauza’s team dominated during the whole match. In the first half, they had a great opportunity to be ahead in the fourth minute, when Ignacio Piatti took the ball outside the box and tried to find the net with a fierce shot. However, goalkeeper Cristián Campestrini, who had a lot of work in the first minutes, blocked the shot and sent the ball to the corner.
The opener came in the 29th minute, when striker Mauro Matos was fouled inside the box by Campestrini and referee Mauro Vigliano awarded a penalty for San Lorenzo. Buffarini netted it to give his team its first victory in five games.
The Saints continued with its fantastic performance in the second half and almost doubled the difference when Matos’ shot his the corssbar.
They finally sealed the victory in the 78th. Buffarini passed the ball to Héctor Villalba and the forward sent the ball home.
Both teams are also competing in the Libertadores Cup. Arsenal has already qualified for the last 32 round, while San Lorenzo needs to beat Botafogo of Brazil and a win from Unión Española of Chile over Independiente del Valle of Ecuador in the final group stage round to advance.
In yesterday’s match, the host played with: Cristián Álvarez; Buffarini, Fabricio Fontanini, Santiago Gentiletti, Emmanuel Más; Leandro Romagnoli, Juan Ignacio Mercier, Enzo Kalinski, Ignacio Piatti; Ángel Correa and Mauro Matos.
Arsenal’s team was: Campestrini; Matías Zaldivia, Leandro González Pírez, Diego Braghieri, Hugo Nervo; Ramiro Carrera, Iván Marcone, Matías Sánchez, Martín Rolle; Milton Caraglio and Julio Furch.
Earlier, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata defeated Tigre 3-1 yesterday and made worse the Fabián Alegre’s side present. The team from Victoria have won a game since the third round and is in the 19th place in the standings.
Sergio Araujo put the visitors ahead in the 21st minute, but Gimnasia turned around the result with goals scored by Osvaldo Barsottini (27th), Franco Mussis (37th) and Lucas Licht (60th).
Tigre finished the game with ten players after Marcos Gelabert was sent off in the 65th.
“I’m not going to quit and I’m not going to leave my players. Tomorrow (today) I will go to work as every day,” said Alegre after the match.
The 12th round of the championship begins tomorrow with leader Colón visiting Lanús and second-placed Vélez Sarsfield hosting last-placed Racing.
Herald with agencies