Looking at the Lanús starting eleven it is clear just how far El Granate have declined since their Copa Libertadores final, let alone their Primera title winning peak, but despite that Ezequiel Carboni’s side ensured they travel to Colombia next week with a first leg lead.
Junior, who had dropped into the tournament from the Copa Libertadores, presented a real threat to Lanús but after a bright start from the visitors it was Carboni’s side that led.
Fernando Barrientos whipped in a free-kick from the right and defender Rolando García Guerreño headed in from close range in front of goalkeeper José Luis Chunga.
Recent signing Fernando Coniglio headed against the crossbar early in the second half and Lautaro Acosta blazed a good chance over as Lanús failed to extend their lead.
And it almost proved costly as a James Sánchez volley required a smart save from Esteban Andrada to maintain the advantage. The Lanús goalkeeper is strongly linked to an imminent move to Spain but El Granate will hope to at least have the 27-year-old available in Barranquilla.