Lanús-Gremio: as it happened, goals, match report: Copa Libertadores Final 2017
Two first half goals from Fernandinho and Luan were enough to put the Brazilian side in the driving side despite a second half penalty offering a glimmer of hope for Lanus.
In the end quality shone through and Gremio are the just 2017 Copa Libertadores champions having outplayed the Argentine side over the 180 minutes.
Two first half goals from Fernadinho and Luan meant Lanus needed three to take the contest to extra time and despite the briefest glimmers of hope as Sand slammed home a 72nd minute penalty and Gremio were reduced to ten men in the final fray of the game, the "Tricolor" had too much for the Argentinian outfit.
1983,1995 and now 2017 for Gremio who go on to participate at the forthcoming FIFA Club World cup in the UAE.
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Can Lanús turn around the 1-0 advantage secured by the Brazilian outfit at the Arena do Gremio last week as the 2017 Copa Libertadores reaches it's conclusion on the Buenos Aires outskirts tonight?
The men in burgundy are aiming to lift the first Libertadores trophy in their history after surprising the continent by reaching the final with an incredible comeback against traditional Argentine powerhouse River Plate.
Gremio in turn are looking to secure their third Libertadores crown after wins in 1983, and 1995 and take a 82nd minute Cicero goal into the second leg in what's set to be a hostile atmosphere with 40.000 home fans packing into the Estadio Ciudad de Lanús – Néstor Díaz Pérezpero.
A packed "Fortaleza" some 10 km to the south of Argentine capital becomes the focal point of world football this evening with a place in the forthcoming FIFA Club World Club Cup at stake.
"It's a final and finals are to be won. It was an arduous journey to get to this point and the team are in good shape and we're faced with a first leg scoreline that is easy to overturn", stated Lanus boss Jorge Almirón.
Almirón claims to have chosen his starting XI with just one doubt in his defensive libe-up and has to make do without the suspended Diego Braghieri.
"It's just one goal and we need to be patient. The ground will be packed and the atmosphere will be excellent. The team will rise to the occasion", affirmed the head coach".
The Brazilian outfit stand on the cusp of their first Libertadores for more than 20 years with Gremio with the 'Tricolor' raining at the "Fortalez" last night and coach Renato Gaúcho anxious not to reveal any clues about his starting line-up.
"We're ready for the game and dream of lifting the cup. We're confident that our collective work will be enough to avail", stated striker Ramiro speaking to local media before making for the Argentine capital.
Everything points to the same XI that lined upo in Porto alegre taking to the pitch with the exception of defender Walter Kannemann who had his card appeal turned down by Conmebol para que le quiten la tarjeta amarilla recibida en el partido de ida en Porto alegre.
Match official in Lanus tonight is Paraguayan referee Enrque Cáceres who will be assisted by Eduardo Cardozo and Juan Zorrilla.
Lanús: Esteban Andrada - José Gómez, Rolando García, Marcelo Herrera, Maximiliano Velázquez - Román Martínez, Iván Marcone, Nicolás Pasquini - Alejandro Silva, José Sand, Lautaro Acosta. coach: Jorge Almirón.
Gremio: Marcelo Grohe - Edílson, Pedro Geromel, Bressan, Bruno Cortez - Jaílson, Arthur, Ramiro, Luan, Fernandinho - Lucas Barrios. coach: Renato Gaúcho
Lanús v Gremio live stream online: betting odds
Fancy the Argentine side lifting the 2017 Copa Libertadores trophy, but after penalty kicks? A shoot out and win for the men in "granate" pays out at 12/1.