(EFE) – Rosario Central, who lost 1-0, beat San Lorenzo by 1-2 on the fourth day of the Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana, which will no longer be able to qualify for the round of 16, and was only one point away of the Chilean Huachipato in Group A, his rival in the next round.
Huachipato leads the zone with eight points, followed by Rosario Central with seven, Paraguayan October 12 with five units and San Lorenzo, with only one point.
The Cyclone faced this meeting in the midst of a sporting crisis, after being left out of the quarterfinals of the Argentine Professional Soccer League Cup and the subsequent resignation of coach Diego Dabove.
The Barça team was led by Leandro Romagnoli, a member of the club’s Technical Secretariat.
The locals, motivated by the need, took the initiative and planted themselves in the rival field.
At 25 minutes, Matías Palacios sent a cross from the left of the attack, Central defender Gastón Ávila tried to reject by going to the ground but scored a goal against.
Palacios and Paraguayan Óscar Romero were the local team players who stood out the most in the first minutes.
At 37, goalkeeper Sebastián Torrico, 41, prevented Rosario Central striker Marco Ruben from scoring with a great save.
The last minutes of the first half were an offensive monologue by Rosario Central and Torrico was the main responsible for his goal arriving undefeated at halftime.
In the 53rd minute, San Lorenzo forward Franco Di Santo, who had avoided a goal by rejecting a ball over the line with his head, had to be replaced due to injury and Alexander Díaz came in in his place.
Ruben and Lucas Gamba, the Central forwards, came close to scoring several times.
At 66 minutes, the San Lorenzo defender Federico Gattoni suffered the same thing as Ávila in the first half: he tried to reject a cross and also scored a goal against for the equalizer.
Rosario captain Emiliano Vecchio, who returned to the team after recovering from coronavirus, scored 2-1 after an assist from Ruben six minutes later.
The adverse result forced the locals to go ahead on the court, but they failed to disturb the visiting goal.
Rosario Central, directed by Cristian ‘Kily’ González, depends on himself to qualify for the next instance.
On the fifth day, the Canalla will receive Huachipato on May 19 and San Lorenzo will visit the Paraguayans the following day.