San Lorenzo wins Argentine title after 0-0 draw

San Lorenzo won the first half of the Argentine first-division

season Sunday after a 0-0 draw with Velez Sarsfield, thanks to

previous champion Newell’s Old Boys earning only one point in a 2-2

draw against Lanus.

San Lorenzo finished with 33 points after 19 matches, two ahead

of Lanus, Velez and Newell’s Old Boys, any one of which could’ve

taken the title with a victory on the last day of the season.

Like many Latin American countries, Argentina divides its season

into two halves and crowns champions for each.

Goalkeeper Sebastian Torrico was the hero for San Lorenzo after

he tipped over a fierce volley from Agustin Allione in the last

minute of the game, with Velez searching for a title-winning

goal.

Velez made a bright start and had the greater possession but San

Lorenzo had more opportunities, coming close in the 10th minute

when Ignacio Piatti weaved through the midfield and was brought

down on the edge of the box, but the resulting free kick was

deflected over the crossbar.

TV replays showed San Lorenzo should’ve had a penalty when

Fernando Tobio clearly tugged at Santiago Gentiletti’s shirt three

minutes before half time.

Velez pushed forward in the last 30 minutes of the game and

almost scored when Allione’s curled shot from the edge of the area

struck the left post, with Torrico beaten.

San Lorenzo – one of Argentina’s ”big five” teams – won its

12th title of the professional era, with the start of the game

suspended for 30 minutes due to legal problems in opening the

stadium, which were resolved 90 minutes before the game was due to

start.

Newell’s opened the scoring in the 53th minute through Pablo

Perez, before Paolo Goltz headed in to level the scores two minutes

later.

Lanus’ Carlos Izquierdoz conceded an own goal to put Newell’s

back into the lead, but Jorge Pereyra equalized for Copa

Sudamericana holders Lanus in the 74th.