Vélez overcome a disappointing San Lorenzo side with a deserved two-goal victory, with goals from Cabral and Bella to move to the top of the Clausura.
Vélez confirmed their position at the top of the Clausura table following a reasonably comfortable two-goal victory in Boedo. Two very well taken goals from Cabral and Bella were enough to take all three points away from an empty El Nuevo Gasómetro.
Vélez bounced back from last weekend’s stoppage-time loss to Newell’s and climbed back to the top of the league, whilst San Lorenzo remained in the Promocion.
Following crowd trouble in recent weeks, and previous animosity between these two clubs and groups of fans, this match was played out in an entirely empty stadium; creating an eerie atmosphere.
With less than ten minutes played, Vélez took the lead. A very patient and calm passing move involving several triangles down the right flank resulted in Fernández playing Canteros through, before floating a perfect ball to Cabral at the back-post to head low. It was a typically composed and flowing move from one of the best passing sides in the league.
Halfway through the first half, San Lorenzo went close to grabbing an equaliser when Buffarini’s dangerous cross into the 6-yard box bounced awkwardly in front of Domínguez, whose header bounced behind the stranded Barovero and rolled post the post.
San Lorenzo continued to press, and although did not create any clear-cut chances, they failed to take advantage of some decent openings by shooting wide twice.
Following the half-time interval, Los Azulgrana came out the better of the two sides and began to take greater risks going forward and the home side had two good chances to make Vélez pay for some sloppy defending. The initial chance came about from a freekick on the left wing, bent in by Salgueiro onto the unmarked head of Benitez, who flicked the ball over the bar when he really should have scored. Just two minutes later, Ortigoza’s deep cross from the right flank was flicked on by Gigliotti to Benitez at the back-post, only for the recently entered substitute to slam his half-volley high and wide.
Towards the last quarter of the match, Vélez began to gain much more control and looked comfortable in possession, restricting San Lorenzo to shots from long range, which never tested Barovone. Ramirez also came off the bench, late in the second half, and twice tested the San Lorenzo defence as his jinxed his way through before flashing both shots across goal.
However, with just five minutes remaining in Boedo, Vélez confirmed their victory in emphatic style. A quickly taken freekick was laid across to Bella, thirty yards out, who struck a wonderfully driven shot that flew past Migliore in the San Lorenzo goal.
This result was a deserved victory for Vélez, who were certainly good value for their two-goal advantage over a disappointing, uncreative and lacklustre San Lorenzo side, who continue to struggle towards the foot of the Clausura table. The Boedo club has now taken just eight points from eight games and remains 17th in the Promocion.