Copa Sudamericana: Lanús suffer penalty heartbreak against Junior (VIDEO)

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Esteban Andrada looks likely to have played his last game for Lanús but the goalkeeper could barely have done more to help El Granate progress in the Copa Sudamericana.

The Villarreal-bound stopper might not want to watch Junior’s late equaliser again but having made a string of saves to preserve Lanús’ slender first leg lead, Andrada was almost responsible for a somewhat undeserving victory.

Without the injured Lautaro Acosta, Lanús were without one of their few remaining players of real quality and it showed in Barranquilla as Junior dominated the second leg for large periods.

Despite this, the home side couldn’t find a way past Andrada and it had looked as though Ezequiel Carboni’s side would hold out for the stalemate that would be enough to progress.

However, ten minutes from time a Luis Díaz shot found its way through a crowded penalty area and Andrada, a little slow to react, saw the ball squirm past him and into the bottom corner.

An error-strewn shootout ensued and with both sides having missed twice it came down to Lanús midfielder Tomás Belmonte. The youngster had to score but just like Nicolás Pasquini and Andrada he was unable to find the back of the net and Junior claimed victory.

A last 16 tie against either São Paulo or Colón awaits the Colombians and while Lanús were far from favourites in the Copa Sudamericana it is another blow to the Granate. The sale of Andrada, another piece of the side that made that historic run to the Libertadores final gone, and another season of disappointment looks likely. 

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