COPA LIBERTADORES: SAN LORENZO, BOTAFOGO AND SANTOS REACH LAST 8

This year, an all Argentina-Brazil quarter final at the Copa Libertadores would not happen as two Brazilian sides lost to Bolivian side Jorge Wilstermann and Ecuador club Barcelona.


Barcelona rivals from Guayaquil, Emelec could have been the third side but they failed to get past San Lorenzo.

Lorenzo won Emelec last month in the opening leg by the slimmest of margins but the Ecuadorian side returned the favour in Buenos Aires by the same margin. San Lorenzo had to dig deep to win 5-4. The result means three Argentinean teams would feature in the last eight. The domestic calendar did not favour the team as they struggled against Emelec.

Emelec played the last thirty minutes with ten men and they were still threatening. When the quarter finals would be played in mid September, the Argentinean league should have resumes and the team with the required fire power.

Unlike Argentina, the Brazilian league was full swing. Atletico Mineiro and Palmeiras were touted to go through but they were shocked by Wilstermann and Barcelona. Botafogo did not disappoint as they defeated Uruguayan side Nacional home and away.

Botafogo used to struggle until Jair Ventura took over last year. After a slow start, the coach helped them power through and qualify for the Libertadores. They defeated their rivals in Montevideo 1-0 last month and scored two quick goals in Rio to seal their spot in the last eight. Botafogo will play Gremio in all Brazilian affair in the last eight.

Santos defeated local opponents Atletico Paranaense home and away to book their spot. They are set to play Barcelona in the next stage.