March 10, 2014
SOCCER — SOUTH AMERICAN CUPWednesday, December 4, 2013
Lanús to visit Ponte Preta in first leg final
The match kicks off at 8.50pm
Lanús will face Ponte Petra of Brazil today in the first leg final of the South American Cup and will aim for a good result in order to clinch its first international title of the last 17 years next week at its home stadium.
SÅO PAULO — Lanús will today try to get closer to the South American Cup title when it faces Ponte Preta in Sâo Paulo in the first leg final. Lanús also remains in the Initial Tournament title contention which will be defined on December 15.
The match will kick off at 8.50pm in Pacaembú stadium as Ponte Preta’s own stadium does not have the capacity required by the Conmebol for the decisive stages. Uruguayan Roberto Silvera will be the referee of the match.
Midfielder Jorge Ortiz can play for Lanús because the Disciplinary Board gave him a one-round suspension after being sent off against Libertad in Paraguay while Ponte Preta forward Adrianinho received a five-match suspension after complaining to Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan in the match against Vélez.
With Ortiz available, Lanús coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto plans to keep a 4-3-3 line-up with Diego González, Leandro Somoza and Ortiz.
As Lautaro Acosta is injured, Jorge Pereyra Díaz. Uruguayan Santiago Silva and Lucas Melano will be in the attack.
The Brazilian side is facing a complicated scenario. Despite it is trying to clinch its first international title, it was relegated last week in the Brazilian League. Apart from that, fans of the other Brazilian teams with chances of taking a Libertadores Cup spot like Goias, Vitoria or Botafogo will support Lanús as Ponte Preta will qualify for the Libertadores Cup if it wins the South American title.
Ponte Preta coach Jorginho said yesterday that Lanús is the favourite because it is also in the domestic tournament title contention.
Herald with DyN