Bruno Marioni scored a first-half winner for Atlas as the Mexicans visited El Sur and beat Lanús in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores second round. The Mexicans came to Buenos Aires with every intention of attacking, and got their reward – an away goal and a victory – after a strong performance against Ramón Cabrero’s men. They’ll take the lead back to the second leg, next week in Mexico.
In a decent, end-to-end match, the guests took the lead around ten minutes before the break after Marioni finished well at the near post after Lanús had applied some early pressure, but failed to find a breakthrough. Diego Valeri’s prompts couldn’t find a way through the tightly-packed and superbly organised Atlas backline, and the Mexicans played superbly on the counter-attack.
After the goal, Atlas might have stretched their lead with an effort from Luís Robles which flew just wide after taking a huge deflection off one of his team-mates, but in the second half the match settled into a pattern: the ball switched from Lanús, who had good intentions but few ideas, to Atlas, who had a calm, controlled air about their play and were happy with a single away goal, back again, and forth, and back and forth. Lanús made it an entertaining second half, but it was no real surprise, given the performance, that they came away with nothing, and they’ll now have it all to do in the second leg.
Lanús 0 – 1 Atlas