Ahead of the biggest week in the club’s history Lanús can certainly be excused taking their eye off the Superliga but Jorge Almirón’s rotation allowed Defensa y Justicia to take full advantage in Florencio Varela.
Off the back of their convincing win over Temperley before the international break, El Halcón were the better side against Lanús but that didn’t prevent Ignacio Canuto coming within inches of giving the visitors the lead. The central defender’s volley crashing against the underside of the bar during the first half.
Immediately after the restart young forward Nicolás Fernández headed the home side in front and minutes later bundled in his and Defensa’s second.
Juan Kaprof sent Fernando Monetti the wrong way from the penalty spot to make it three and Lanús’ afternoon got even worse ten minutes from time when Nicolás Aguirre was sent off.
While Lanús prepare for this week’s Copa Libertadores final first leg, defeat is understandable but it’s a welcome upturn in form for Defensa y Justicia, who have struggled since Sebastián Beccacece’s departure as manager.
In the Estadio Florencio Sola, Banfield were unable to climb into third after being held to a goalless draw against Temperley.
Julio César Falcioni’s side found goalkeeper Josué Ayala in inspired form to keep them out and it could have been worse for Banfield had Ramiro Costa’s first half header been a few inches lower and not crashed against the crossbar.
Three draws from their last four have slowed Banfield’s progress up the table and although Temperley remain in the relegation zone, this was perhaps an unexpected point.