(EFE) – The Brazilian Santos drew 2-2 with San Lorenzo and certified their ticket for the group stage of the Copa Libertadores, where they will face Boca Juniors, Barcelona and The Strongest. The Argentine team, on the other hand, was left out and will play the South American.
The São Paulo team, runner-up in the 2020 edition, started with an advantage after the 3-1 victory in Buenos Aires and sealed their classification at the Mané Garrincha in Brasilia thanks to the goals of the young Marcos Leonardo in the 22nd minute and the side Pará in the 57.
San Lorenzo closed the gap in 57 through Franco Di Santo and tied the game in 78 with a shot by Ángel Romero from outside the area.
The Argentine team stood up and could even take the victory were it not for the interventions of goalkeeper Joao Paulo, but in the end it was impossible to lift a tie that was further complicated by the expulsion of full-back Gabriel Rojas at the beginning of the second half. .
Argentine coach Ariel Holan surprised at first by giving continuity to Marcos Leonardo at the top of the attack, ultimately decisive. Kaio Jorge, just recovered from his physical ailments, started from the bench.
The other two figures of the Santista offensive trident, Marinho and Soteldo, who returned to start after almost a month, did start from the beginning.
The Argentines marked the ground with tough play from the start. Santos were not daunted by the pace of Marinho and Soteldo, although they relaxed too much in the final stretch.
The passivity of the Albinegro team was taken advantage of by the visitor to approach with danger in the first half. Di Santo warned with a shot that went wide and almost in the sequence a failure in the exit of the ball by Kaiky almost did not take advantage of Óscar Romero.
Marinho responded with a corner kick that almost turned into an Olympic goal were it not for Devecchi’s changed hand save. And at the moment in which San Lorenzo was trying to advance lines, the marvel of Marcos Leonardo arrived, with a crossed shot, without angle, from the baseline, which slipped clean into the Argentine goal.
San Lorenzo reacted. Donatti tied for a header inside the box, while Juan Ramírez and Óscar Romero ran into an inspired Joao Paulo tonight.
Proof of impotence, Gabriel Rojas was sent off with a direct red card after a tackle from behind on Marinho, in minute 51. Six minutes later, Santos struck again with Pará’s goal, who masterfully defined a play with Soteldo.
San Lorenzo did not lower his arms and diminished differences at the exit of a corner with a header from Di Santo. With the ticket for the group stage in his pocket, Holan took Marinho off the field, who did not like the substitution and left the field visibly angry.
The change did not sit well with Santos because San Lorenzo managed to tie with a low shot from outside the area by Ángel Romero. San Lorenzo kept pushing until the end, but it was too late.