South America’s version of the Champions League gets underway with Gremio taking on Argentina’s underdogs, Lanús. Here’s all you need to know…
Trailing one-nil from the first leg against Copa Libertadores favourites River Plate, when Marcelo Gallardo’s formidable side raced into a two-goal lead in La Fortaleza, Lanús’ hopes of lifting the famous trophy appeared over. Four goals in 23 minutes later and El Granate had stunned River and secured a historic place in the Libertadores final.
This week Lanús aim to go one better but Brazilian club Gremio stand in their way. El Granate will be underdogs but are no stranger to this situation after dumping out River Plate. So, who are the boys in maroon looking to write their names in the record books?
Lanús secured their spot in this year’s competition by lifting the Primera 2016 title, only a second top flight championship in the club’s history.
Under Jorge Almirón the club progressed from a fringe contender to Primera champion playing some outstanding football. Paraguayan duo Gustavo Gómez and Miguel Almirón were snapped up by AC Milan and Atlanta United respectively and while many questioned whether Lanús still had enough to challenge, their Libertadores run answers that.
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