Regional club champion San Lorenzo will return to Argentina with fond memories of its appearance in Miami.
First-half goals from Martin Cauteruccio and Enzo Kalinski propelled San Lorenzo, of the Argentine First Division, to a 2-0 victory over Colombia’s Atletico Nacional in an exhibition match Saturday night at FIU Stadium.
“Our experience here in Miami has been very good,” San Lorenzo coach Edgardo Bauza said. “We enjoyed our stay here tremendously.”
San Lorenzo wasted little time in testing the Nacional backline and struck three minutes into the match on Cauteruccio’s goal.
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Emanuel Mas dribbled deep into the left wing area, where he centered a pass to an unmarked Cauteruccio. Cauteruccio retrieved the pass, took a step and tapped in a shot from 10 yards.
“Scoring goals is always positive,” Cauteruccio said. “The team responded to this opportunity.”
San Lorenzo continued to press for additional scoring opportunities and it eventually paid off again on Kalinski’s goal in the 32nd minute. Kalinski headed in a shot past Nacional goalkeeper Franco Armani.
Juan Valencia had Nacional’s best scoring opportunity of the first half, when he received a long pass deep in the San Lorenzo goal area in the 21st minute. But Valencia fanned on his attempt on goal, and goalkeeper Sebastian Torrico easily retrieved the Nacional defender’s shot.
The second half of the match was delayed for approximately five minutes after Nacional fans littered the east end zone goal area with smoke bombs and rolls of toilet paper.
San Lorenzo, which defeated Paraguay’s Nacional for the 2014 Copa Libertadores title, used Saturday’s match as a tuneup for its 2015 Argentine League season opener on Feb.15.
Before league play, San Lorenzo also will have a home-and-home set with league rival River Plate for the South American Re-Cup Feb.6 and 11 in Buenos Aires.