After a dreadful start in their 2010 Copa Libertadores group, Lanús have rallied recently, and their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of South America’s premier club competition remain alive thanks to another win over Bolivia’s Blooming. Having torn Wednesday night’s visitors a new proverbial a couple of weeks ago in Bolivia, it was rather edgier this evening, but Luis Zubeldía’s side just got the better of their rivals courtesy of a 17th minute penalty from Santiago Salcedo. You can watch it right here.
Copa Libertadores 2010, Group 4, Weds 24th March: Lanús 1 – 0 Blooming (BOL)
This win leaves Lanús third in the table with all teams having played four matches. Crucially, though, the two sides above them – Paraguayans Libertad and Peru’s Universitario – are both tied on eight points, and although El Granate‘s next match is a very challenging trip to Asunción (Libertad beat them 2-0 in El Sur in the competition’s opening week), their final game is in front of their own fans against Universitario. One win is unlikely to be enough for Lanús, since each side still have to play Blooming, who have yet to get a point.
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