Lanús were in need of a performance and more importantly a result after opening day defeat to Nacional and while there is still room for improvement, the Transición champions looked something like their old selves in a 3-1 win over Chapecoense in the Arena Condá.
The build up was understandably focused on Chapecoense’s emotional first home match in continental competition since the tragic plane crash at the end of last year and after a goalless first half, it was the Brazilians who celebrated the breakthrough with the ball breaking to Rossi, who smashed it past Esteban Andrada.
The goal seemed to wake Lanús and within minutes Jorge Almirón’s side were level, Nicolás Aguirre steering Alejandro Silva’s low cross into the net.
El Granate were now well on top and when Lautaro Acosta’s charge towards goal was halted illegally by João Pedro it allowed José Sand to send Artur Moraes the wrong way from the penalty spot.
The result still hung in the balance but a fine passing move ten minutes from time ended in Maxi Velázquez squaring the ball for the ever-impressive Acosta to slide the ball into the bottom corner.
Group Seven couldn’t be closer with all four sides having won away from home and therefore sitting on three points apiece. Lanús host Venezuelan side Zulia next month.
Chapecoense 1 – 3 Lanús