Atlético Madrid’s defeat in the Champions League final earlier in the weekend provided an example of when perhaps worthy winners end up falling just short. After dominating the regular season, the worry was that Lanús would be denied the Transición title on Sunday afternoon by a San Lorenzo side that have gradually improved over the past two months.
Any fears were quickly dispelled in the Monumental where Lanús produced an awesome display of powerful, attacking football that proved too much for San Lorenzo.
El Granate started an incredible pace and had already come close to taking the lead when Oscar Benítez headed them in front after 17 minutes and they were little let up in the intensity to Jorge Almirón’s side.
Such was the level of dominance that San Lorenzo would have been mightily relieved to get to half time still only a goal down.
There was little change in the momentum after the break and just before the hour mark, Lanús doubled their advantage. Young Paraguayan Miguel Almirón, had been not only the standout player of the final but perhaps the player of the Transición, and so it was fitting that it was the 22-year-old who burst purposefully towards the San Lorenzo goal before calmly stroking the ball into the bottom corner from just outside the penalty area.
A third Lanús goal still looked more likely than anything else and when Pablo Guede’s desperation led him to replace left back Emmanuel Mas with striker Martín Cauteruccio, it played into the hands of El Granate.
The ever-impressive José Luis Gómez burst from right back into the space left by Mas’ absence and squared the ball for José Sand to tap in a third and late on, Lautaro Acosta poked a fourth running through on goal after dispossessing Matías Caruzzo.
The performance was consistent with Lanús’ level throughout the tournament and so aside from the mauling inflicted on San Lorenzo, no one could deny that Almirón’s side deserved the title.
Such is the transitory nature of Argentine football everything needs to click into place for a side to win a league title in such a manner and for Lanús it has undoubtedly done that. From the astute young signings for Gustavo Gómez and Miguel Almirón to the shrewd additions of experienced veterans like Pepe Sand and Román Martínez, El Granate have been superb.