After an understandably slow start Argentine clubs are beginning to pick up some traction in this year’s Copa Libertadores and on Thursday evening, Godoy Cruz and Lanús claimed results on the road that left both clubs top of their respective groups with two matches to play.
Godoy Cruz have struggled domestically this season but followed up last week’s victory over Sport Boys in Mendoza with a 3-1 win in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
A goalkeeping howler gifted Ángel González with Godoy Cruz’s opener shortly before half time but a neat one-two and clipped finish by Juan Garro doubled the advantage around the hour mark.
Colombian Jhersson Córdoba pulled a goal back before undoing his good work by recklessly getting himself sent off a minute later. With the extra man, Godoy Cruz wrapped up victory when Gastón Giménez tucked away a third.
The result guarantees Godoy Cruz a place in the Copa Sudamericana but victory over Libertad in Mendoza next week would put El Tomba in the knockout stages.
Earlier in Maracaibo, Venezuela, José Sand snatched a second half equaliser to earn Lanús a valuable point away to Zulia.
Daniel Rivillo had arrived unmarked to smash the hosts ahead in the first half but Lanús improved after the break and eventually pulled level when Sand burst into the penalty area to rifle the ball into the corner.
Neither side could find a winner and while El Granate hold top spot in Group Seven, all four sides could still reach the knockout stages with two rounds to play. Lanús host Chapecoense in just under three weeks and victory would all but make certain of progression.