Argentina’s Lanus wins Copa Sudamericana title

Argentine club Lanus won its first international title by

defeating Ponte Preta of Brazil 2-0 in the Copa Sudamericana final

on Wednesday.

Lanus clinched the title 3-1 on aggregate following a 1-1 draw

in the first leg last week in Sao Paulo.

Victor Hugo Ayala opened the scoring in the 25th minute and

Ismael Blanco sealed the victory three minutes into first-half

stoppage time.

The Copa Sudamericana is South America’s secondary continental

club competition behind the Copa Libertadores. The Copa

Sudamericana winner secures a spot in next year’s Copa

Libertadores.

While Lanus is near the top of the table in the Argentine

league, Ponte Preta was relegated to the second division of the

Brazilian league just a few weeks ago.