(EFE) – Lanús beat Aragua 1-0 on the first day of Group H of the South American Cup, a duel in which the Argentines had no success or rhythm and only in the 90th minute did they manage to score against a rival who played almost the entire second half with 10 players.
The inaccuracies marked a first half in which, although the defenses were not particularly solid, the attackers did not know how to take advantage of the open spaces to braid plays that ended in goals or even made the goalkeepers suffer.
At the end of the first 45 minutes, not even Lanús had been able to show his theoretical superiority on the court, despite trying, nor was Aragua able to surprise his rival when he looked for him. With the 0-0, which seemed good for the locals, the teams went to the changing rooms.
Returning to the court, Aragua went from passion to disappointment, as he had his best chance when taking a free-kick from the right wing. The goalkeeper stopped but did not catch a header and, in the rejection, the Panamanian Alfredo Stephens, the most dangerous of the locals, kicked his rival José Luis Gómez in the head, after an acrobatic jump.
It was minute 48, the Panamanian saw the direct red and then began a monologue by Lanús that seemed destined to score a goal that would give him victory against an inane Aragua.
Luis Zubeldia’s team tried it in all possible ways but without any success in the Olympic stadium of the Central University of Venezuela, without fans due to the pandemic.
When the game entered its final stretch, the Argentine team tried to impose its game with more nerves than courage and with more enthusiasm than football.
It was in the 90th minute, when a corner kick from the right side found the head of the young José Manuel López who scored the only goal of the match.
Thus Lanús took the three points in a duel in which neither team showed their best cards and that allows Garnet to get out of the bad streak of results in which it had been installed.