Lanus and Velez Sarsfield were both in action last night in the Copa Sudamericana last 16 and both will be happy with the results of their first legs. Lanus thrashed Universidad de Chile 4-0, and once again their attacking trio of Silva, Melano and Acosta did the damage. Velez Sarsfield travelled to Bogota to face La Equidad and came away with a valuable 2-1 lead to defend back in Liniers on October 2nd. FOR MORE ON THIS AND THE GOALS READ MORE….
LANUS 4 – 0 UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE
La U have given themselves a mammoth task after this hammering in Lanus. Santiago Silva volleyed in the opener in the 23rd minute and 7 minutes later the tie looked beyond doubt. Lucas Medrano flicked in a close range finish on 30 minutes and a minute later ran through the heart of the Chilean defence to make it 3.
In the second half, Lanus made it 4 when Lauturo Acosta followed up Silva’s effort which had come back off the crossbar and then the night managed to get even worse for the Chileans. Goalkeeper, Jhonny Herrara was sent off for a kick aimed at Melano and then he was followed off the field by Rodrigo Rojas.
Lanus are now 24 games unbeaten at home, looking in very good form and now surely in the Quarter Finals of the Copa Sudamericana.
LA EQUIDAD 1 – 2 VELEZ SARSFIELD
Velez moved a step closer to the Quarter Finals last night with this crucial away win in Colombia. With Mauro Zarate back in the lineup after his injury, Velez look in good shape to push on in the coming weeks.
The returning Zarate had a hand in the opening goal, albeit inadvertantly. Lucas Pratto’s neat work released the former Lazio striker, and his fluffed shot ended up flying off defender, Yonni Hinestroza and past goalkeeper, Diego Novoa. This didn’t stop Zarate celebrating like he had himself fired Velez in front.
With 15 minutes remaining, La Equidad were level when defender, Wilmer Diaz headed in from a set piece. However, the lead didn’t last long as Velez cut through the Colombian defence with some slick passing. Alejandro Cabral was on hand to finish the move and give Velez the slender lead to take back to Liniers.