A Superliga fixture rescheduled from last year when Lanús were playing in the Copa Libertadores illustrates perfectly how quickly El Granate have been dismantled as the beaten finalists in the continent’s biggest tournament only two months ago slumped to a 4-1 defeat against Godoy Cruz.
Ezequiel Carboni replaced Jorge Almirón as manager and his starting eleven was barely recognisable from the one that shocked River Plate and came up just short against Grêmio.
Without a league win in eight and travelling to Mendoza, where Godoy Cruz have a 100% record, never looked an easy task for a Lanús side missing captain Iván Marcone through suspension.
Jalil Elias came close to giving Godoy Cruz an early lead when his header crashed against the underside of the crossbar but despite dominating possession, Lanús carried a threat of their own. Bruno Vides struck the post with goalkeeper Leonardo Burián beaten as the first half finished goalless.
Shortly after the restart the deadlock was broken when Diego Viera’s towering header found the net and from that point the result never looked in doubt. Santiago García added a second as the ball somewhat fortuitously ricocheted off the Uruguayan as he challenged goalkeeper Esteban Andrada and although Lanús hit the woodwork again, it was soon three.
Juan Garro slotted in from the penalty spot after Dario Herrera spotted some holding and even after Fernando Barrientos’ deflected shot pulled a goal back in the 88th minute, there was still time for García to head the home side’s fourth.
If Godoy Cruz could replicate their home form on the road, El Tomba would be a serious challenger as Diego Dabove’s side climb to seventh based almost entirely on their form in Mendoza. Lanús meanwhile languish in 22nd and with River and Racing up next, may well be waiting a little longer to end their winless run.