Europe is just one of the continents where football is being played non-stop. Intra-continental action, which has resumed in Africa, is rounding off in Asia and also in South America’s Copa Libertadores.
It’s exciting times in South American club football as the stage is now set for the quarter-final of the eventful competition.
With reigning champions, Flamengo, now out, a new champion will be crowned. With eight sides still in contention for this crown, all will be battling for glory again this week in the second leg of the quarter-final.
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Only River Plate head into the second leg of their Copa Libertadores game with an advantage. Having defeated Nacional 2-0 at home, they now travel to Uruguay to finish what they started.
However, there’s plenty of work still to be done for the other sides.
For Carlos Tevez’s Boca Juniors, they’ll face Racing Club twice after their delayed contest against Internacional was concluded. Winning that Round of 16 game via penalties, they will now take on another side that also qualified via penalties.
It’s an all-Argentine affair in this one; a contest which Racing Club have not lost since 2017. You can expect goals in this contest as three of the last four meetings between both sides featured both teams scoring.
Will they kick Boca Juniors out of the competition?
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Santos and Gremio will take to the pitch for the second leg of their quarter-final game. And there’ll be all to play for as the first leg of this encounter finished in a one-all draw. If both sides remain inseparable by the end of 90 minutes, the game will proceed to penalties.
Gremio are currently on an 18-game unbeaten run. They’re up against a Santos side that has failed to win any of their last four games. The history between both sides is filled with goals as seven of the last 10 meetings have seen both teams score. Tere’s also the little issue of three red cards in the last four meetings between these two Brazilian sides.
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The last time Palmeiras faced Club Libertad, the game ended in a 1-1 draw, with two players from the Paraguayan side sent off. It was the first time that both sides will score, after the first three meetings ended in a one-sided affair.
With qualification at stake in this return fixture, it’s time for both sides to go big, or go home.
Our semi-final slots are available in the Copa Libertadores. Of the eight teams that remain, which four will make it through? Which countries will produce the most representatives after these quarter-final games?
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