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The Copa Libertadores had seen a comeback for the ages the night before, but Gremio wouldn't allow another one on their home turf.
"It was a clear penalty. I prefer that a referee continues to make mistakes but not that seven judges are mistaken," River coach Gallardo on VAR.
River had the edge from the first leg and then scored twice Tuesday night. But Lanus wasn't rattled, and banged in four unanswered goals to advance.
Barcelona of Ecuador has topped three Brazilian clubs in Copa play, but a fourth might be out of range after they fell 3-0 to Gremio in the first leg.
River Plate beat Lanus 1-0 in the first-leg of their all-Argentine Copa Libertadores semifinal.
River Plate took the first leg of the all-Argentina Copa Libertadores semifinal against Lanus, forcing Lanus to play on the defensive throughout.