Lanús have been in imperious form in the league so far, but in the Copa it’s been another story entirely, managing just two draws and a loss from their opening three matches. So it was that they went into Tuesday night’s match in El Sur against Everton de Viña del Mar needing a win to keep alive any realistic hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages. They went in at the break with the lead, but their resistance was broken in the second half.
When these teams played each other last week in Chile, Everton’s Argentine Ezequiel Miralles scored a penalty to level things for the hosts. Tonight, José Sand of all people saw a penalty saved by visiting goalkeeper Gustavo Dalsasso, who went on to get the sponsors’ man of the match award.
A minute after that penalty Lanús were ahead through Santiago Biglieri, but in the second half Roberto Gutiérrez pegged them back early on and Everton held out in the face of pressure (most fortunately when Diego Lagos, on for Biglieri, beat the ‘keeper but hit the far post late on). In stoppage time, after threatening very occasionally to hit Lanús on the break, Everton finally followed through, José Muñoz bagging the winner. Lanús now require two wins from two matches if they’re to progress.
The goals will be posted here on Wednesday night, but if you really can’t wait then I’d recommend the video that I presume will be posted shortly at the end of this match report from the excellent Spanish-language site Futbolizados (this is the site I use nearly all the videos from Copa Libertadores from here on HEGS).