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Union’s leading role, their greater ambition and the fact that they had searched throughout the match, had no relation to the result. Only the effectiveness of having attacked twice and converting those advances into goals, plus the accumulation of players from midfield to the back that took away space from the rival, meant that San Lorenzo was taking an exaggerated prize. But the overflow of Castrillón (one of the figures) and the appearance of Rayo González came to put the header in the agony of the match that gave total justice to the result.
The only thing that was “great” about San Lorenzo (or hierarchy if the term is better) in the first half, was having taken advantage of the only dangerous plays that he knew how to create to get ahead. Surely, Insúa knows that “he cooks with fat, which is what there is and that he cannot and should not play as San Lorenzo’s history of greatness demands. He put a line of five behind, played waiting for Unión, gave him ball and ground, betting on practicality and efficiency. Few arguments to justify a previous victory for which he had scored the goals and nothing else.
Excessive prize, exaggerated. The first of the goals as a result of a very good collective maneuver between Fernández Mercau and Martegani on the left flank; the second, in a lethal counterattack after a poor clearance by Portillo to Esquivel that San Lorenzo capitalized on to put together a quick counterattack that ended with a shot from outside the Barrios area that could not be held by Mele when it seemed that he could not It was a very complicated ball to tackle. A quick move that featured poor defensive staggering, Esquivel’s absence and Polenta’s slowness, spaces that San Lorenzo was able to take advantage of to make it 2-0, which was too much to reward San Lorenzo’s exclusive virtue of being very practical and effective. : two arrivals, two goals.
Union seemed the place and San Lorenzo the visit. It was played more in the San Lorenzo field than in the Unión field. Union lacked depth or a little better aim when Castrillón (the player from whom something different could be expected), who went to the right this time and scored two shots that were met with a good response from Torrico when the game was 1 to 0 .
It was not the most convenient procedure for Union. The Esquivel-Zenón duo did not have much chance of overcoming Giay in the left sector of the Tatengue attack. But that disposition of San Lorenzo, from the tactical point of view, to put five defenders, made the spaces reduce considerably. And that is what Union does not favor. On the contrary, it is what complicates it. And especially when the rival finds, based on pure efficiency and forcefulness, the possibility of reaching the goal.
The possibility of change became diffuse. That accumulation of defenders that San Lorenzo proposed was an insurmountable barrier for Unión. For this reason, Munúa did not take too long and after 8 minutes he replaced Vera with Gerometta and Tomás González (all-time debut) in Zenón’s place. Immediately, insúa put Leguizamón on the left sector, to avoid what Munúa was surely looking for: Vera’s rise to the right to see if the tandem with Castrillón would work better. And Union’s discount arrived on time: a corner, Peralta Bauer’s half turn at the post and a rebound that Polenta capitalized on, inside the small area, to get closer to the scoreboard. And also to make the result of the match more realistic, because there weren’t two goals difference.
Castrillón immediately exchanged positions with González and the Colombian went on to play on the left, where he feels more comfortable. And averaging the second half, it was Roldán’s turn to give the team a better start from the middle and also Troyansky, to see if a better area reference could be found.
From so much going, Union was already deserving of reaching the tie. And if the team could not be questioned about something, it was the constant will to sell defeat, until Munúa had to exhaust the quota of changes with the entry of Corvalán for a new injured player, Agüero, who retired with severe pain. on the right thigh.
The game was perfect and definitely “drawn” in that final part: San Lorenzo waiting with the whole team in their own field and betting on a counterattack; Unión doing the spending, pushing San Lorenzo against Torrico.
It wasn’t enough for him. Those two “knockout hands” that were put into him in the first half seemed lethal and decisive. San Lorenzo played like a “small” team, speculating, waiting and with the only virtue of being very effective. Union looked for him, assumed prominence and ended up surrendered to that greater “intelligence” of the rival to take the game to the most convenient ground. But no one dies on the eve. Union, hand in hand with Castrillón, with Uruguayan claw and the decisive appearance of Rayo González on the day of his debut, got what he deserved: tie the game.
Enrique Cruz’s analysis of the San Lorenzo 2-2 Union match