(EFE) – Huachipato won this Wednesday at the home of San Lorenzo by 1-0 and assumed the leadership of Group A of the Copa Sudamericana next to October 12, which on Tuesday won at home with the same result and left in the bottom of the classification to another Argentine team, Rosario Central.
Cris Martínez’s early goal in minute 5 was enough for the match played in Buenos Aires that completed the first day of the group.
San Lorenzo de Almagro could not find football answers this Wednesday to reach at least one draw at home.
Champion of this tournament in 2002 and of the Libertadores in 2014, the Cyclone suffered the six absences that the wingers Andrés Herrera and Víctor Salazar, the defender Federico Gattoni and the midfielder Manuel Insaurralde (for Covid-19 positive), Gabriel had for this duel Rojas (suspended) and Franco Di Santo (injured).
Huachipato had his best debut in this fifth participation in the South American Cup and his seventh international tournament since he was twice in the Libertadores.
The match began with pure intensity and, after an initial option from the local at the feet of Jalil Elías, the only goal of the match arrived in minute 5 with a rained center from Israel Poblete found an accurate head advance from Cris Martínez that left without options to goalkeeper Sebastián Torrico.
Then Huachipato had two more options to go into the break with a wider advantage, the clearest in the boots of Israel Poblete that demanded a response from the experienced Torrico.
Gino Peruzzi had the equalizer before the break after a combination with Alexander Domínguez but his shot went just wide.
In the second half San Lorenzo dominated and had options to tie through the Romero brothers and Lucas Melano, who at the end had a shot on the stick that could have been equality in the score.
Huachipato could also have gone with a greater advantage because Nicolás Silva had two heads-up with Torrico: in one he hit the ball on the post and in the other he left the ball on the goalkeeper’s chest.
The azulgrana team, which occupies the last qualifying place for the quarterfinals in the domestic competition three days before the end of the first phase, on the second day of the Sudamericana will visit Rosario Central in an Argentine duel.
Huachipato, which is sixth in the Chilean tournament with five points to four behind the leader: Universidad de Chile, next week will host October 12 in a crossroads of teams with positive premieres in this continental competition.