COPA LIBERTADORES: DI SANTO ON TARGET

Argentine striker Franco Di Santo was on target but it was not enough to see his club beyond the third round of the Copa Libertadores. He scored one of the goals for San Lorenzo in a 2-2 draw at the home of Brazilian top flight club Santos.

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Santos and San Lorenzo met over two legs in the third round of this year’s Copa Libertadores and it was the Brazilians who progressed to the next round at the end of proceedings. Santos took initiative of the tie with the 3-1 away win in the first leg.

That first leg result left San Lorenzo with a lot of work to do in the second leg in Brazil. In the end, they were not able to score the three goals needed to progress into the next round of the competition.

Santos led 2-0 at the start of the second half but they were pegged back by San Lorenzo despite playing a big part of the game with ten men. Brazilian forward Marcos Leonardo gave hosts Santos the lead in that second leg played last week Wednesday. His goal came on 22 minutes and it was enough to give the home team an half-time advantage.

Para added a second goal for Santos before Ex-Chelsea and Werder Bremen striker Franco Di Santo started the fightback for San Lorenzo. Para scored for the hosts with 12 minutes of the second half before Franco Di Santo pulled one back two minutes later. By this time, San Lorenzo had been reduced to ten men due to the red card given to defender Gabriel Rojas.

Rojas was sent off on 51 minutes with the scoreline still 1-0 in favour of Santos. Angel Romero scored the equaliser for San Lorenzo with 12 minutes to go. At that point, San Lorenzo needed two more goals but they were unable to pull of what would have been the greatest of comebacks against their Brazilian opponents.

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