The southpaw, who trained with the Racing squad for the first time on Friday, started in the 2-0 win over Alianza Lima.
In silence and without too much poster Lorenzo Antonio Melgarejo arrived at Racing after seven years in Russian football. A couple of training sessions were enough to earn him a place in the consideration of Sebastián Beccacece. And on his debut, the 30-year-old Paraguayan passed the first exam in the 2-0 victory over Alianza Lima, at the Alejandro Villanueva stadium in the Peruvian capital.
Last Friday, a day after the defeat against Nacional at the Presidente Perón stadium, the left-hander had worked for the first time with his new teammates at the Tita Mattiusi stadium, after having completed the 14 days of mandatory isolation since their arrival in the country and after having passed the Covid-19 test.
In the few practice sessions with the team, Melgarejo showed good physical condition and left a great impression on the coaching staff. That positive response, the forced absences of Matías Rojas, Matías Zaracho and Lisandro López and the need to dose the charges led Beccacece to bet on him to start the duel against Alianza.
In the Lima night, he started lying on the right and when just two minutes had been played he put a precise cross to Fértoli, whose header hit the crossbar. Participative and mobile, he tuned in well with his teammates, he committed himself to pressure on the departure of the Peruvians and more than once he went down to look for the ball in his field.
He also showed quality touches, such as the cue pass with which he assisted Reniero in the penalty maneuver, although he also made mistakes in some simple deliveries. At the end of the first stage, she was inches away from crowning her debut with a shout, but a left-footed shot from the crescent crashed into the right post of Leao Butrón’s goal.
In addition, without Reniero on the field, he turned towards the center of the attack to take the place of the center forward that Racing did not have. In a habitat that does not favor it, it came into play less, although it had a good head chance that Butrón conjured. Cramped, he was replaced in the 28th minute by Tiago Banega. If there had been an audience at the visiting bedside, it would surely have earned a good deal of applause.
The debut in Lima was not the only good news that the former Benfica, Krasnodar and Spartak Moscow player received in these hours: last Friday, the same day that he trained for the first time with the Racing squad, he learned that Eduardo Berizzo He had included him in the preliminary list for the first two matches of his country’s team in the Qualifiers for Qatar 2022, against Peru and Venezuela.