Thursday, April 26, 2007

Last 16 Of The Libertadores

Martin Palermo celebrates after scoring from the spot tonight, contributing to the ass-kicking that Boca Juniors gave to Bolivian side Bolivar in the Copa Libertadores. Boca pulled a Man U and put seven past the "hapless" side from the Andes. The win sends last season's Argentine runners-up into the last 16 of the tournament.

The two-leg ties will be played on May 2nd and 9th. The match-ups are as follows:
A: Caracas (Venezuela) v. Santos (Brazil)
B: Defensor Sporting (Uruguay) v. Flamengo (Brazil)
C: Parana (Brazil) v. Libertad (Paraguay)
D: Cucuta (Colombia) v. Toluca (Mexico)
E: Necaxa (Mexico) v. Nacional (Uruguay)
F: Velez Sarsfield (Argentina) v. Boca (Argentina)
G: Gremio (Brazil) v. Sao Paulo (Brazil)
H: Colo Colo (Chile) v. America (Mexico)
The quarter-finals are set up so that the winner of game A plays the winner of game H, B versus G, C versus F, and D versus E. As you might of noticed, the round of 16 will pit Boca against Velez, and thus, both Miguel Angel Russo and Ricardo La Volpe against their former teams. Funny how that happens.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto will be honored before Boca's game on Sunday against Racing. The tribute, as well as the match, can be seen on FSC, Sunday at 5pm ET. It'll be shown live, at 3pm ET, on Fox Sports Espanol. Schelotto is expected to return to the U.S. on Monday and train with the Columbus Crew next week.

Seven-goal Boca storm into last 16 of Libertadores [Reuters]


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