Losing 1-0 away to Libertad of Paraguay, Lanús equalised with seven minutes to play to draw 1-1 in Asunción after playing the entire second half with a man fewer than their opponents. Striker Santiago Salcedo was sent off four minutes before half time for violent play, leaving his side with an uphill struggle to come back from Adalberto Román’s third minute opener. Maxi Velázquez eventually managed it though, with a spectacular dipping cross-shot that may or may not have been deliberate, to keep the Granate‘s hopes of remaining in the Copa alive, although not in their own hands. You can see the goals right here.
Copa Libertadores 2010, Group 4, 30th March: Libertad (PAR) 1 – 1 Lanús
That draw leaves Libertad top on nine points and Lanús third on seven, both having played 5 matches. Second-placed Universitario have eight points and play Blooming (who don’t have a single point) next Tuesday. Assuming Universitario win that, Lanús will go into their final group match – at home to Universitario, to whom they lost 2-0 win Lima – needing to win and for Blooming to upset the apple cart at home to Libertad.
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