The Argentine team will seek in La Paz, at 3,600 meters, a good result that will allow it to direct the series of eighths that it will define at home.
Lanús visits La Paz to face Bolívar in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Copa Sudamericana, in order to succeed in the difficult scenario that involves playing at 3,600 meters above sea level and thus be well outlined for the rematch scheduled a week later.
The match will be played at 7.15pm (Argentina time) at the Hernando Siles Stadium, with the arbitration of the Brazilian Flavio de Souza and ESPN live broadcast (Channel 102 Cablevisión and DirecTV Channel 621).
The incentive of the victory achieved by the Argentine National Team in its last visit to Bolivia in La Paz for the Qualifiers generates expectation for what Lanús can do in the first leg match. waiting for the return scheduled for next Wednesday, December 2.
To this is added that the La Paz team itself could only win one of the three matches that it played at home in international tournaments since the resumption of activity at Conmebol after confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bolívar, who joined the Sudamericana from the 16th final after finishing third in his group in the Copa Libertadores, He was able to defeat Audax Italiano (3 to 0, thus reversing a series that had started losing in Chile by 2 to 1), but had previously fallen against Palmeiras and against Guaraní from Paraguay.
Lanús knows of strong challenges in the South American since it comes to eliminate San Pablo in an exploitative way: he won 3 to 2 in Argentina and, in Brazil, Nicolás Orsini scored an agonizing goal that allowed him to lose 4 to 3 and qualify for the goals scored away.
The winner of this key will play against the winner of Fénix de Uruguay and Independiente, which will also play the first leg in Montevideo this Wednesday.
Emboldened by the 2-1 victory in La Bombonera against Boca Juniors, the team led by Luis Zubeldia will apply for this reason the tactic of arriving first in Santa Cruz, 400 meters above sea level, and moving hours before the game to La Paz to lessen the effects of the La Paz altitude.
Zubeldia does not count for this commitment with Pedro De La Vega, one of his figures in attack, who did not even travel to Bolviia due to a muscle discomfort.
In the Professional League Cup, Garnet still has a complicated classification as it is third in Zone 4, behind Talleres and Boca, which until now would have gained access to the tournament’s championship zone.
Bolívar has not played in the Bolivian tournament since last April since it was suspended due to the coronavirus when, after playing 12 dates, he was two units away from the leaders The Strongest and Always Ready.
The Bolivian team is under the interim command of former Bolivian soccer player Walter Flores, who took office after the departure of Argentine Claudio Vivas.
In assembling the team, Flores will once again have goalkeeper Javier Rojas, the usual starter who was sent off in the first leg against Audax Italiano de Chile and served the corresponding sanction in the second leg in La Paz.
The participation of full-back Diego Bejarano is in doubt, as he is still recovering from a muscle tear in his right thigh suffered in a qualifying match.
Another possible absence would be that of the Spanish Álvaro Rey, suffering from a right ankle injury, like striker Vladimir Castellón due to discomfort in his right leg caused in a local friendly match.
For Lanús it will be the fourth visit to La Paz, where he could never win and managed to get a draw as the best result: It was in his last foray into this city, when in 2017, and in the Libertadores round of 16, he equaled 1 to 1 with The Strongest in a series that he defined at home with a 1 to 0 victory.