Former Impact star Ignacio Piatti found himself back on the scoresheet this afternoon, the first time in over a year, since scoring with that rasping drive against Toronto FC in last season’s Canadian Championship final, first-leg.
Piatti was making his first start of the new Argentine season as his San Lorenzo side travelled to Aldosivi’s Estadio Jose Maria Minella, the southernmost ground ever to host a World Cup finals game.
Both sides went into the game unbeaten and sharing top spot in the Championship’s group 5, but San Lorenzo produced an emphatic performance, inspired by their 35-year-old midfielder.
Piatti claimed an assist on the opening goal by Federico Gattoni on 17 mins and when the ball ricocheted off a home defender seven minutes later the former Impact maestro needed no second invitation. Taking a touch and shuffling inside, Piatti unleashed from 16 yards giving Pocrnjic, Aldosivi’s 39-year-old ‘keeper no chance.
And before you start thinking it’s all oldies down in Argentina, San Lorenzo’s other scorers as they raced into a 4-0 lead after 48 minutes are all 22 or under, Gattoni (21), Peralta (22), his second in consecutive games, and Diaz (20).
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Aldosivi did pull a goal back within two minutes of conceding the fourth, but their hopes of reducing the margin eroded when Paraguayan defender Mario Lopez received his second yellow card on 66 mins.
Piatti played the full 90 minutes, the first time San Lorenzo’s #28 has done so since the Impact’s 1-1 draw with Atlanta United at Stade Saputo, September 2019.