Boca Juniors vs San Lorenzo Report
Argentine champions Boca Juniors disappoint in frustrating goalless draw with San Lorenzo in Mar del Plata on Wednesday.
Argentine champions Boca Juniors fought out a dull goalless draw with San Lorenzo in the Copa de Oro mini-competition at the Jose Maria Minella stadium in Mar del Plata on Wednesday.
Boca coach Julio Cesar Falcioni rested several of Boca's key players for the clash, including playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme. While San Lorenzo, who are coached by Leonardo Madelon, confronted the match with a full-strength squad.
San Lorenzo, who unveiled their latest reinforcement in former Boca striker Carlos Bueno, started the stronger of the two sides, and looked particularly dangerous in the attack, due to the aggressive-nature of their front-men.
The Ciclon almost went ahead in the 18th minute when a venomous free-kick from Juan Manuel Salgueiro was brilliantly pushed onto the crossbar by Boca goalkeeper Sebastian Sosa.
On the stroke of half-time referee Carlos Maglio awarded San Lorenzo a penalty when Matias Caruzzo foolishly brought down Jonathan Bottinelli in the area. Uruguayan striker Salgueiro stepped up to the spot, but his powerful shot was sensationally saved by fellow countryman Sosa in the Boca goal.
In the second period the match lacked rhythm, as while both sides tried their best to break the deadlock, the midfielders failed to supply the attackers with adequate service.
Apart from a few decent goal-bound attempts from San Lorenzo midfielders Gonzalo Bazan and substitute Nestor Ortigoza, hardly any goal-scoring opportunities were generated.
San Lorenzo were forced to play the final fifteen minutes of the match with ten-men after Bottinelli had to leave the field after suffering an injury, but Madelon had already used up all of his substitutions.