Copa Libertadores – Last 16 Draw

The final games in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores were played this week and now the 16 teams who enter the knock-out stage are known.

Defending champions Boca Juniors only just scraped their way into the draw thanks to their 3:0 victory at home to Venezuela’s UA Maraciabo and Chile’s Colo-Colo being held to a 1:1 draw at home to Atlas. The Argentinean giants qualified by virtue of having scored one goal more than Colo-Colo, with the pair having finished level on 10-points, one adrift of table-topping Atlas.

There were two other teams who only qualified by the skin of their teeth were Brazil’s Santos and Mexico’s America. The former secured their place after coming from behind to beat already qualified Cucuta 2:1, with Mariano Tripodi’s goal a minute from time seeing them through at the expense of Guadalajara.

America, who are having a shocking season on the domestic front, just survived after going down 2:0 to Universidad Catolica in their final group game, riding their luck as the Chileans laid siege to their goal to edge out their opponents on goals scored.

The draw for the last 16 is, unsurprisingly, dominated by clubs from Argentina and Brazil, with both having five representatives in the draw. There are also two clubs each from Colombia and Mexico and one apiece from Ecuador and Uruguay.

The draw for the last 16 is shown below (ties will be decided over two-legs):

Lanus (Argentina) v Atlas (Mexico)
LDU Quito (Ecuador) v Estudiantes (Argentina)
Boca Juniors (Argentina) v Cruzeiro (Brazil)
America (Mexico) v Flamengo (Brazil)
San Lorenzo (Argentina) V River Plate (Argentina)
Atletico Nacional Medellin (Colombia) v Fluminense (Brazil)
Nacional (Uruguay) v Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Santos (Brazil) v Cucuta (Colombia)