Defeat last week in Córdoba had left Lanús with work to do on Saturday but the vital late away goal that reduced the deficit meant that El Granate were able to progress past Belgrano with relative comfort in La Fortaleza.
Facundo Quignón’s header one week ago had thrown Lanús a lifeline and Belgrano’s inability to defend set-pieces once more allowed the midfielder to head the home side in front on Saturday. A corner from the right found Quignón unmarked inside the six-yard box and the former River Plate academy player stooped to head Lanús in front.
That goal put El Granate in front on away goals and when Luis Zubeldía’s side sliced through their visitors shortly after half time the tie was virtually over. A fine passing move eventually found its way to José Sand and although Cristian Techera ultimately helped the ball into his own net, the veteran forward showed some neat footwork to open the shooting chance.
Belgrano, in need of two goals, never really looked like turning things around and so Lanús booked their place in the last 16 with a tie against Vélez Sarsfield.
Lanús 2 – 0 Belgrano (AGG 4-3)
Aldosivi will also be in the next round of the Copa Superliga despite suffering defeat to Rosario Central in Mar del Plata.
A 2-0 win in Rosario had put Aldosivi firmly in the driving seat but that came under threat from a much improved Central, who will rue that first leg loss. Jonás Aguirre tapped in from close range after 34 minutes to close the gap and and as the Canalla continued to push forward a second looked likely.
Claudio Riaño struck the upright and only the smart intervention of former Newell’s goalkeeper Luciano Pocrnjic denied Central a route back into the tie. And while Pocrnjic had kept Aldosivi in front, his opposite number Jeremías Ledesma will shoulder some responsibility after rushing off his goal line and allowing Iván Colman to slide in a simple equaliser.
In need of two goals, Miguel Barbieri managed to head one past Pocrnjic but time eventually ran out for Central and Aldosivi set up their last 16 clash with River Plate.
Aldosivi 1 – 2 Rosario Central (AGG 3-2)
Elsewhere, penalty shootouts saw Talleres and Godoy Cruz book their places in the next round with relegated pair San Martín de San Juan and Patronato suffering the agony of defeat.
Talleres trailed 2-0 from their first leg in San Juan but goals from Dayro Moreno and Tomás Pochettino either side of half time cancelled out San Martín’s lead. The visitors saw Arián Pucheta sent off late on but it made little difference as the tie was forced to penalties.
The home side kept their cool from the spot while misses from Mauro Bogado, Humberto Osorio and ultimately from Luis Ardente saw Talleres through to face Atlético Tucumán.
And Godoy Cruz did just enough to sneak past Patronato in Mendoza after a second 1-1 draw between the two sides.
Tomás Cardona headed Godoy Cruz into an early lead but a thumping Gabriel Ávalos header against his former club close to the hour mark brought Patronato back level.
El Tomba were unable to find a winner but their wastefulness inside the 90 minutes was replaced by an efficiency from the penalty spot that meant Roberto Ramírez saving Germán Berterame’s fifth and final penalty for Patronato was sufficient to seal a 5-4 shootout victory.
Boca Juniors are up next for Godoy Cruz, who will need a huge improvement to pull off the upset.
Talleres 2 – 0 San Martín de San Juan (AGG 2-2) 3-2 on penalties