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Lanús grab Copa Libertadores lifeline with early goal-rush

A confident display from Lanús kept their Copa Libertadores dream alive for 2014, as the Granate completed a 2-0 home victory over Deportivo Cali to record their first win in the competition's group stage.

With just one point from their opening three games, victory was imperative for the team directed by Guillermo Barros Schelotto. Lanús, however, showed they were up to the challenge, hitting two early goals to take the advantage.

With just two minutes on the clock, Jorge Pereyra Díaz reacted first to a looping free-kick, sliding in to put the ball past veteran Deportivo goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon. The lead would be doubled minutes later, courtesy of Maxi Velázquez.

The defender picked up a rebound from deep still only five minutes in, and released an incredible volley that flew into the top of the net. From that point onwards Lanús never looked like relinquishing the game, although the winning margin could have been more emphatic had Paolo Goltz not hit the bar with a late penalty.

The win puts the Grana on four points in Group 3, although they still trail Cerro Porteño, Deportivo and O'Higgins in last place. Nevertheless, the Argentines cut the deficit behind Cali, who occupy the final qualifying spot, to just two points with a total of six still in play.
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