Three cup matches involving Argentine sides were played on Wednesday evening. In the Copa Argentina semi-finals, San Lorenzo de Almagro were held to a 1-1 draw by third tier Estudiantes de Caseros, but eventually prevailed 4-3 on penalties. Almost simultaneously with that, Lanús put in a clinical performance to thrash Universidad de Chile 4-0 in the first (home) leg of their Copa Sudamericana tie. Right afterwards, Vélez Sarsfield claimed a 2-1 win away to La Equidad in Colombia. All the goals are right here.
Copa Argentina semi-final: Estudiantes de Caseros 1-1 San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo win 4-3 on pens)
Julio Buffarini gave San Lorenzo the lead in Chaco, but ten minutes into the second half the lower division side got a deserved equaliser through Alejandro Delorte, and held strong to take the match to penalties.
Copa Sudamericana round of 16, first legs
Lanús 4-0 Universidad de Chile
On the balance of play, this match wasn’t as uneven as the scoreline suggests, but La U’s finishing was poor throughout and Lanús were in lethal form. An eight minute spell in the first half saw them into a 3-0 lead after just over half an hour of the match, thanks to a goal from Santiago Silva followed by two goals in 73seconds from Lucas Melano. Halfway through the second half, a Silva shot hit the crossbar and bounced right onto the foot of Lautaro Acosta, who made it 4-0.
La Equidad 1-2 Vélez Sarsfield
Vélez claimed a vital away win in Bogotá. Early in the second half, a Mauro Zárate shot went in off Yonni Hinestroza to give Vélez the lead. With quarter of an hour left, Wílmer Díaz Lucumi equalised for the hosts with a header, but a few minutes after that Vélez were back in front with a goal from Alejandro Cabral.