Lanus seal Copa Libertadores quarterfinal spot with Santos Laguna win
Argentinian side Lanus beat Santos Laguna 2-0 on Wednesday to complete a 4-1 aggregate win that confirmed their place in the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals.
Santos defender Jose Abella’s mistake allowed Ismael Blanco to beat goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez in the 28th minute and Paolo Goltz’s second-half penalty doubled Lanus’ second-leg lead.
Mexicans Santos ended the game with 10 men after Andres Renteria saw red 16 minutes from time.
Lanus will next face Bolivar at the Estadio Hernandro Siles – a stadium located around 3,200 metres above sea level in La Paz.
Sherman Cardenas’ last-gasp goal earned Colombians Atletico Nacional a 1-0 victory over reigning champions Atletico Mineiro while San Lorenzo beat Gremio by the same scoreline thanks to Angel Correa’s strike.
San Lorenzo coach Edgardo Bauza said: "It was as we expected, very tough, against a team that defend very well and are used to counter-attacking."
Elsewhere, Nacional of Paraguay saw off Velez Sarsfield 1-0 with Julian Benitez scoring the only goal of the game at the death.
"It seems to me that we played well," said Velez boss Jose Flores. "It was a balanced game but we had opportunities to win it.
"We did not convert them and were up against an opponent who went for the win until the end. Sadly, they made it."