Marcelo Gallardo’s River Plate have established a reputation as cup final experts after a trophy-laden couple of years but Jorge Almirón’s Lanús are proving to be no slouches and on Saturday evening in a rain-soaked La Plata, El Granate lifted the Supercopa Argentina, their third title in less than a year.
The 2016 Transición champions have seen a number of key players depart since that famous league title but still proved dangerous on the counter through the impressive Lautaro Acosta.
River carried their own threat and for large parts of the match there was little between the two teams.
With twenty minutes remaining, Lanús seized the initiative and it was Acosta that proved decisive as he slammed a loose ball past Augusto Batalla and into the bottom corner.
River pushed forward in an attempt to get back on level terms but were hit by another swift counter and Nicolás Pasquini nodded in from José Sand’s cross to double the lead and all but wrap up the result.
River’s misery was compounded when Acosta was tripped outside the penalty area but thanks to a terrible refereeing decision by Germán Delfino, José Sand was able to add a third from the spot.