Primera champions Lanús may not quite know how they lost by two goals or how they didn’t manage to score but after failing to make the most of their dominance, Jorge Almirón’s side face a huge challenge to progress in this year’s Copa Sudamericana after falling to defeat to Independiente in the first leg of their tie.
It was only Gabriel Milito’s second game in charge of El Rojo after suffering a Copa Argentina defeat two weeks ago and for Jorge Almirón it was an opportunity to show his former employer just what he has is capable of.
Lanús were certainly the better side and should undoubtedly have led at half time with Ciro Rius wasting the best opportunity after steering a shot wide of the post with the goal open.
Independiente appeared happy to try and play on the counter but failed to test Fernando Monetti and an away goal looked unlikely.
However, a error from Monetti when coming to collect an Emiliano Rigoni cross allowed Leandro Fernández to tap El Rojo in front.
With over 30 minutes remaining the home side still had time to salvage something but for all their possession, they were unable to create too many clear chances.
With two minutes of normal time remaining and Lanús still committing players forward, the tie swung firmly in favour of Independiente after another defensive lapse was punished.
Alejandro Silva’s weak header back to Monetti was pounced on by the impressive Emiliano Rigoni and he produced a wonderful lobbed finish to double the lead.
The sides meet again in three weeks in the Estadio Libertadores de América.
Lanús 0 – 2 Independiente