The Santos Laguna vs Lanus Copa Libertadores match will take place this Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (8:00 PM Pacific) at the Estadio TSM Corona. The ‘guerreros’ and the ‘Granate’ will play the second of two games in this Round-of-16 clash. In the first leg played in Argentina, Club Atletico Lanus won 2-1 after a last second goal; now in Mexico, Santos must overturn that score to access the quarterfinals.
The team coached by Pedro Caixinha lost in the worst possible way last week in their visit to Argentina. The Portuguese coach used counter-attack tactics, in an attempt to earn at least a tie; unfortunately for them, they received a goal in the fading seconds of the match. With the agregate score currently at 2-1, Santos must now win 1-0, or by more than a goal to reach the quarterfinals.
Lanus will face an extremely difficult away game when they play in Torreon. The long flight, plus playing in Mexico are always tough on any South American team in the Copa Libertadores. To their advantage, Lanus has a 1 goal lead, therefore they may be forced to style a defensive system with the hope of earning a tie which will qualify them into the next round.
The winner of this series will reach the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores 2014. There, they will face Bolivar who on Tuesday defeated Club Leon.
Santos Laguna vs Lanus Prediction
The Santos Laguna vs Lanus match will be a great match as Santos is pressured to reach the next round, while Lanus will do everything to hold onto their 1 goal lead. The Liga MX side will play offensively from the get-go, and that will allow them to control the game for the 90 minutes. Meanwhile, the team coached by Guillermo Barros Schelotto will play defensively, but will be dangerous on the counter-attack. The Santos Laguna vs Lanus will end in a 2-0 win for the Mexican side.
Santos Laguna vs Lanus TV Schedule
The Santos Laguna vs Lanus match will be televised on FOX Deportes at 8:00 PM Pacific.