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Last-minute beauty denies Lanús victory

Lanús appeared to be set for a narrow victory in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores quarter-final, before having to settle for a tie after Bolivar struck in injury time to take a 1-1 draw away from the south of Buenos Aires.

The 'Granate' enjoyed the perfect start when, after just seven minutes, the team directed by Guillermo Barros Schelotto took the lead. Striker Oscar Benítez converted for his side, who in the last-16 downed Santos Laguna over two legs.

Despite pressuring throughout, however, Lanús could not capitalise on their advantage against a relentless Bolivar effort. The Bolivians gained confidence as the minutes ticked by, and with 91 minutes played scored a vital equaliser.

Forward William Ferreira picked up the ball around 30 metres from goal and let rip with a wonderful effort into the top-right corner of the net. Goalkeeper Agustín Marchesín tried valiently to keep the shot out, but his effort was fruitless as the visitors came away with a potentially decisive tie.

Lanús will have to travel to the dizzying heights of La Paz, where Bolivar are currently unbeaten in four Libertadores ties in the Estadio Hernando Siles. The second leg will be played a week on Thursday.
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