Lanus reached the Final of the Copa Sudamericana last night with a 2-1 win over Libertad in La Forteleza to complete a 4-2 aggregate win and meet Brazilian side, Ponte Preta. Goals from the impressive, Diego Gonzalez and a penalty from captain, Paolo Goltz ensured a repeat of the scoreline in Paraguay last week. Lanus reach an International Final for the first time in 16 years and as they still challenge for the Torneo Inicial, they stand on the brink of history. WATCH THE GOALS….
Guillermo Barros Schelotto should earn a lot of praise for the manner in which his Lanus side have maintained a title challenge and now reached an international cup final. Last season in the Torneo Final, Lanus fell away badly but there has been a little more consistency from them this season.
Losing midfielder, Guido Pizarro in the window was seen as a bitter blow but the emergence of Diego Gonzalez has softened that initial fear. The 25-year-old, who has been with Lanus from the youth sides was instrumental last night and fired them into the lead after just 12 minutes. Santiago Silva’s nod down, rolled into El Pulpito’s path and he smashed the ball into the top corner.
After the slender victory in Paraguay, the early goal settled any nerves and it wasn’t until 10 minutes after the break that Libertad made things uncomfortable. Jorge Gonzalez’s firmly struck free kick found a way through the wall and past Agustin Marchesin.
However, any Paraguayan hopes were soon ended when Jorge Pereyra Díaz was chopped down by Sergio Aquino and Paolo Goltz stepped up to hammer the penalty home and confirm a place in the Final.
Focus must quickly change now to the visit of Boca Juniors in the Torneo Inicial on Sunday before heading to Brazil for the first leg on December 4th. Then the following week Lanus will visit Newell’s Old Boys before hosting Ponte Preta on the 11th. A huge two weeks lie ahead for Lanus.