Lanus late show trumps Santos Laguna
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A last-gasp goal by Matias Martinez gave Lanus a first-leg advantage ahead of the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals as the Argentinian side claimed a 2-1 win over Mexico's Santos Laguna on Wednesday.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto's team came back from a goal down to claim the victory and take a breath ahead of the second leg of the round-of-16, to be played in Torreon, Mexico.

Carlos Darwin Quintero put Santos Laguna ahead 12 minutes after the interval with a right-foot strike following a throw-in, Facundo Monteseirin levelled after 65 minutes and Martinez headed the ball into the net in the fifth minute of injury time to hand Lanus the lead.

"It was very important for us to win in order to have some advantage," Lanus coach Barros Schelotto told reporters after the game. "I think Santos Laguna will be more offensive in the next match, trying to score goals and win, but we'll try to net at least one goal and clinch the qualification."

In Mexico, 10-man Leon played out an exciting 2-2 draw with Bolivian side Bolivar. The two away-goals Bolivar scored might be very important ahead of the return match in La Paz. Luis Montes opened the scoring for Leon in the 21st minute, but Juan Miguel Callejon levelled seconds before half-time and Juan Carlos Arce finished a counter-attack to put Bolivar ahead at the 70th.

With four minutes to go, and with Leon playing with 10 men as Ignacio Gonzalez had been shown red previously, Argentinian striker Mauro Boselli made it 2-2.

Finally in Belo Horizonte, Brazilian giants Cruzeiro gained a draw with an injury-time goal in a 1-1 draw with Paraguay's Cerro Porteno. The visitors took the lead with a 31st-minute goal by Angel Romero, but Miguel Samudio equalised in the fourth minute of stoppage time.