San Lorenzo gave another show of mettle and exhibited his ambitious spirit to beat Independiente Medellín 1-0 at the Colombian club’s Atanasio Girardot stadium, and with this he took a fundamental step in the first leg of this playoff between seconds in the South American and third in the Libertadores to access the round of 16 of the first mentioned contest.
The game had an unavoidable turning point when it came to analyzing the reasons why San Lorenzo went from expectation to the leading role of the game, and it was the expulsion of Colombian midfielder Edwin Cetré about half an hour into the first half.
His reckless intervention on Malcom Braida was considered deserving of a yellow card for the Venezuelan referee Alexis Herrera, but immediately afterwards and at the request of the VAR he corrected himself and showed Cetré the red card.
And from there another game began to be played, in which San Lorenzo, although it is not their regularity, and even less as a visitor, was determined to take advantage of the numerical advantage in order to try to start liquidating the series already in the match of Going.
Of course, to start managing development, Rubén Insúa’s men needed to have one more football generator in addition to Nahuel Barrios, who was seen as quite dull. And that variant occurred with the very beginning of the second half, when Gonzalo Maroni replaced Perruzzi, who was already redundant in the midfield after the departure of Cetré.
The modification paid off immediately, since San Lorenzo took control of the development of the match, but not only that, but also opened paths towards Andrés Mosquera’s goal, with a very clear option even at the feet of the Cordovan himself who blocked the goal. local guard.
But it wasn’t going to take long for San Lorenzo to reach what they had been looking for since the start of the match, because at minute 22 Adam Bareiro turned inside the Colombian area twice holding the charge of local defender Víctor Moreno, after receiving from Iván Leguizamón, and with a left-footed shot high and point-blank, gave the visitor the advantage, stepping into the six-yard box against a goalkeeper who stayed under the three sticks.
But that goal did not satisfy San Lorenzo, convinced that going behind, despite having one more man, could be detrimental in the medium term. San Lorenzo ended up taking advantage of all this as an added value to the aforementioned expulsion of Cetré and took a fundamental victory to finally aspire to qualify for the round of 16 of the South American. The rematch will be next week in Bajo Flores.