December 20, 2014
Soccer — Domestic LeagueSunday, August 17, 2014
San Lorenzo opens season at Racing today
San Lorenzo, which clinched its first Libertadores Cup on Wednesday, will make its debut in the Argentine tournament today when it visits Racing in Avellaneda for the second round of the championship.
The derby between two of the “Big Five” will be played at the Presidente Perón stadium at 3.15pm.
The new Racing, coached by Diego Cocca, put on a fantastic performance in its first match against Defensa y Justicia with a 3-1 victory last week, while the recent South American champion is still celebrating its most important trophy in the history of the club.
San Lorenzo and Racing faced each other 163 times, with 59 victories for each team and 45 draws.
The visitors will not have their full squad available for the derby. Only goalkeeper Sebastián Torrico, left-back Emmanuel Más, midfielder Juan Mercier and striker Mauro Matos will be part of the first team again, taking into account the Libertadores Cup final against Nacional of Paraguay.
Racing, on the other hand, will make two changes. Defender Gastón Campi will replace Nicolás Sánchez, who has a one-match ban, and midfielder Ezequiel Videla, whose transfer finally arrived at the club, will take Luciano Aued’s place.
In other matches today, defending champion River Plate will host Rosario Central and Boca Juniors will visit Belgrano.
Yesterday, Vélez Sarsfield claimed its second straight victory after beating Arsenal de Sarandí 2-1 yesterday at the José Amalfitani stadium.
Forward Lucas Pratto, in the fifth minute, and midfielder Iván Marcone, with an own goal in the 55th, scored for the team coached by José Flores. Striker Emilio Zelaya pulled one back for the visitors in injury time.
Vélez, without showing the kind of performance that it is used to, was a deserved winner because it took advantage of its chances. Arsenal improved almost at the end of the match and it managed to score, but it was too late.
Flores’ side will next visit Independiente, which was playing against Estudiantes in La Plata last night at press time.
Earlier, Defensa y Justicia won its first match in the First Division after an entertaining 3-2 victory over Banfield at the Florencio Sola stadium.
The visitors claimed the three points after a mistake by Banfield goalkeeper Gaspar Servio, who tried to catch the ball after a cross by Marcelo Benítez, but he sent it into his own goal instead.
Midfielder Emiliano Telechea and striker Brian Fernández netted the other goals for Defensa, while Paraguayan forward Santiago Salcedo, with a penalty, and midfielder Enzo Trinidad scored for the hosts.
In yesterday’s other game, Olimpo opened its season with a 2-1 victory over Tigre in Bahía Blanca. All the goals were scored by penalties. Jonathan Blanco netted twice for the hosts, while Carlos Luna pulled one back for Tigre.
Herald staff with agencies