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Brazilians dominate Copa Libertadores last-16 draw

Brazilians dominate Copa Libertadores last-16 draw

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The knock-out stage of the South America’s Champions League equivalent features some mouth-watering clashes between some of the continent's biggest clubs

With the group phase having drawn to an end, the last 16 of the Copa Libertadores is dominated by Brazilian clubs, with all six making the knock-out stage of South America's Champions League equivalent.

Ronaldinho's Atletico Mineiro, who were the only side with a 100 per cent record going into the final round of matches in the group stage, face a familiar foe in Sao Paulo, who defeated them to end the Belo Horizonte club's five-match winning streak in the competition.

Reigning champions Corinthians will face a Boca Juniors side who have struggled since the return of coach Carlos Bianchi, but who will nevertheless be aided by veteran playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme as they go in search of what would be an unlikely seventh title.

Palmeiras are another Brazilian side who will hope to take home the trophy in 2013, with Mexican underdogs Tijuana standing in the way of their path to the quarter-finals.

Argentine outfit Tigre and Peruvian side Real Garcilaso have made the last 16 at the first attempt, while Velez Sarsfield can make it a third successive year in the quarter-finals if they can overcome Lionel Messi's former club Newell's Old Boys over two legs.

Fluminense, who also made the last eight in 2012, can seal a spot in the next round by triumphing over the only Ecuadorian side left in the competition, Emelec.

Uruguay's Nacional and Colombia's Independiente Santa Fe are also the sole representatives of their respective countries in the knock-out round and they will face the aforementioned Real Garcilaso and Brazilian side Gremio respectively.

The tournament will take a one-month hiatus in June for the Confederations Cup before returning in July for the semi-finals.

The full draw, which will see the first legs played on April 24, is as follows:

COPA LIBERTADORES 2013 - LAST 16
ATLETICO MINEIRO VS SAO PAULO
PALMEIRAS VS TIJUANA
CORINTHIANS VS BOCA JUNIORS
VELEZ SARSFIELD
VS NEWELL'S OLD BOYS
INDEPENDIENTE SANTA FE
VS GREMIO
NACIONAL VS REAL GARCILASO
OLIMPIA VS TIGRE
FLUMINENSE VS EMELEC

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