Lanus claim first continental crown

Argentinian side Lanus won their first Copa Sudamericana title with a 2-0 win over Brazil's Ponte Preta to secure a 3-1 victory on aggregate on Wednesday.

Going into the game Lanus put themselves in a position to fight for the Argentinian title next Sunday but Ponte Preta had already been relegated to the Brazilian second division.

Victor Ayala and Ismael Blanco netted the goals which gave Lanus the 2-0 win at Ciudad de Lanus after the first leg in Brazil had finished level at 1-1.

Ponte Preta defended well in the early stages and had a rare attack when a Felipe Bastos free-kick threatened the Lanus goal.

With 24 minutes on the clock Ayala stole the ball from Magal and fed Blanco whose cross was converted by Ayala.

Lanus doubled their lead when Blanco netted the rebound after Santiago Silva's header from a corner had been saved by goalkeeper Roberto Tigrao.

Lanus controlled the second half as Ponte failed to trouble home keeper Agustin Marchesin.

Ponte keeper kept the score down as he saved Blanco's header and a Diego Gonzalez effort.

For Lanus the title was their second international crown after they won Copa Conmebol, in 1996.

Marchesin said: "I have been here for a lot of years, giving my best. I cannot believe we achieve this. It is incredible. We gave everything since the beginning of the season, we have been fighting and losing several tournaments and now, at last, we have the chance to celebrate.

"The people deserved this tittle. We were lucky in sealing the match during the first half as we did not give them any chance to score," added Ayala. "Today we conquered a dream. We talked about this moment for so long, we dreamt about it. Today, we left the bad luck behind. Tonight, we are the champions," said man of the match Blanco.