There were plenty of fireworks as River Plate and Lanus took the field for the first leg of an all-Argentine Copa Libertadores semifinal.
The fans had to wait 81 minutes for the main explosion of the night, Ignacio Scocco's goal which gave River a 1-0 win. But this was an absorbing game, in which River's first-leg lead was the result of a victory in the battle of ideas.
The game plan of Lanus is the same as it has been for a couple of seasons. Under coach Jorge Almiron they have shown admirable...
Now that the drama of this month's FIFA dates is done and digested, the focus in South America switches to club football.
The Copa Libertadores, the continent's Champions League, has reached the semifinal stage.
Four teams from three different countries are left to fight for the trophy in what is a special year for the Libertadores.
Previously, the action was crammed into the first half of the year, with occasional brief extensions to allow for World Cups.
This year, though, the Libertadores...
Some three and a half months have passed since the group phase came to an end and the Copa Libertadores field was whittled down to 16 teams. Since then there has only been one more round.
Eight teams remain. By next Thursday there will only be four, and come the end of November the continent will have its champion, just in time to go to the Arab Emirates and take part in the Club World Cup.
By pure coincidence, there is a delightful symmetry about the quarterfinals. Argentina and Brazil each provide...
Saturday evening saw Lanus crowned Supercopa champions when they saw off River Plate in the game that pits the champions of the Primera Division against the winners of the Copa Argentina.
After opening the scoring in the latter stages, Lanus forward Lautaro Acosta ended up taking the man of the match "honours" as his side ran out 3-0 winners.
The 28-year-old was presented with a shiny new BBQ grill for all his hard work.
Supercopa Argentina: @clublanus Man Of The Match Awarded Brand New BBQ Grill...