|Lanus defended strongly and managed to cling to an early lead despite coming under a barrage of pressure from Emelec, completing back-to-back wins against the Ecuadorians in the process.
Lanus silenced the crowd when they stormed ahead with just six minutes on the clock. In a well-worked free kick, Mario Regueiro left his marker for dead and found enough space in the area to fire the ball into the net from Diego Valeri’s pass.
Emelec were unpeturbed and began their revival soon after, with Enner Valencia at the heart of it. Their best opportunity came in the 14th minute but Luciano Figueroa missed an absolute sitter, shooting wide of an open goal.
Lanus allowed themselves to come under large amounts of pressure and the hosts almost restored parity with a wicked strike from distance by Oscar Bagui. The Ecuadorians lacked creativity but El Granate put in a stout defensive performance. The game was killed off on the dying moments when Bagui felled Mariano Pavone in the area, conceding a penalty. Regueiro converted the spot-kick, sending it into the top corner with two minutes remaining.
The victory moves Lanus up to the top of Group 2 but that could change when Olimpia and Flamengo face off next week. Emelec's first home defeat of the competition sees them remain rooted to the bottom of the group, without a point since their first match.
|Spectacular goals were the order of the day as Bolivar downed Junior for the second time in just over a week, leaving the Colombian side without a win in this year's Libertadores.
The game started at a frenetic pace and the hosts were almost ahead inside of five minutes. Lucas Scaglia's cross found Jhasmani Campos at the back post but his cushioned volley shaded the outside of the post. Just moments later an unmarked William Ferreira saw his header bounce straight into the arms of Sebastian Viera.
Junior struggled to hold on the ball and were far to direct and predictable when attacking. In an occasionally scrappy game, Lorgio Alvarez produced a stunning strike that arrowed ferociously into the top corner to give La Academia the lead with 31 minutes played. The difference was doubled five minutes before the break when Campos scored the game's second screamer with an unstoppable 35-yard free kick.
Bolivar eased off in the second half, clearly believing they could see the game out effectively. However, Junior, who had been impotent for much of the game, managed to pull a goal back in the 68th minute. Luis Ruiz caught the ball magnificently and his attempt flew in off the bar, completing a treble of spectacular strikes.It was not enough for the visitors who almost conceded another in stoppage time but Viera turned Rudy Cardozo's effort onto the post.
Junior remain in fourth position in Group 3 with a single point from four games. Bolivar meanwhile join Union Espanola on seven points at the top of the group, though the Chileans have played one game in hand.