Lanus player genuinely considers retirement aged 24 after costly error in Copa Libertadores final
Going into the crunch tie with a 1-0 advantage, Gremio quickly picked up where they left off as strikes from Fernandinho and Luan put the tie out of Lanus's reach before half-time.
In the end, a 72nd-minute penalty from Jose Sand proved a mere a consolation for the Argentine side.
While Lanus’s players and fans will have been gutted with the result, one man found the result a little harder to swallow than the rest.
That was right-back Jose Luis Gomez who, after being at fault for Gremio’s opening goal on the night, is now considering early retirement.
“I’m hurt, I feel guilty and I think it’s over," wept Gomez. "I’m thinking about leaving football. I’ll think about it, I’m just a boy, but it shouldn’t have happened.
“I didn't have a good night. I want to apologise to the people of Lanus.”
Imagine if he’d been in Stevie G’s slippery shoes in 2014...
Words: Barney Lane