|Defensor Sporting held up their part of the bargain as they did all they could by securing a surprise 3-1 victory over group-leaders Velez in Liniers.
La Viola needed a win to keep any hopes of qualification alive and got off to a great start by taking the lead after just seven minutes. Nicolas Olivera was on hand to pick up a loose ball in the area and drill his effort home. Velez soon turned up the pressure but they failed to turn their possession into chances and found themselves two behind before the break. A counterattack freed Matias Britos down the right and he drove to the byeline and flashed the ball across goal. Seba Dominguez failed to deal with it and Diego Martin Rodriguez fired the ball into the back of the net.
The Uruguayans remained well-organised and compact in defence and midfield and their combative display reaped more rewards when moments after the break Britos broke the offside trap and lifted the ball over German Montoya and in via the post. The hosts did manage to pull one back when they were awarded a penalty in the 64th minute. Federico Insua stepped up to take the kick and buried it in the bottom corner but the visitors held on for a surprising win.
However, with Deportivo Quito defeating Chivas, the win was in vain and Defensor therefore suffered elimination after finishing third in Group 7 while Velez remained at the summit.
|Matias Alustiza scored four goals as Deportivo Quito booked their place in the knockout rounds with a comfortable victory over the 2010 finalists in appalling conditions at the Stadio Olimpico Atahualpa.
Los Azulgrana dominated from the off and posed a regular threat going forward with a number of swift breaks. They took the lead in the 18th minute when Alustiza plucked a long ball out of the sky before cutting in, then back out, and hammering the ball emphatically into the top corner.
The indomitable hosts continued to control the game and Alustiza added his, and his side's, second just 10 minutes later. Julio Bevacqua's initial shot was deflected into the path of the Argentine who rifled the ball into the bottom corner.
Any hopes of a Chivas turnaround were extinguished when Jorge Enriquez was dismissed for a second yellow just before the hour mark and Fidel Martinez compounded their misery when he headed home seven minutes later. There was still enough time for Alustiza to add two more to his tally with a superb 25-yard strike that gave the keeper no chancewhich was followed by another great effort from the top of the box with just three minutes remaining.
The victory ensured that La Academia progressed to the next stage by taking second position in Group 7 ahead of Defensor Sporting.
Union Espanola managed to hold onto top-spot in Group 3 despite suffering a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of an already-eliminated 10-man Junior in Barranquilla.
It did not take Los Diablos Rojos long to get into their stride as they rattled the woodwork inside of the opening 10 minutes. Braulio Leal's right-footed effort looked to be bending in past a helpless Carlos Rodriguez but it clipped the outside of the post. With 13 minutes played Emiliano Vecchio went one better as his curling free kick caught the Junior keeper out and flew into the goal.
The lead was short-lived as 10 minutes later Sherman Cardenas converted a penalty to draw the sides level. Then, in the 29th minute, Dominguez was dismissed for the hosts after handling the ball outside of his area yet it was they who scored next. Luis Paez converted the Colombian side's second penalty of the night.
The remainder of the game was bereft of action as the Chilean side seemed complacent in front of goal and were fortunate that they were not displaced at the group summit on goal difference. It will be Union Espanola's second ever appearance in the last 16 whilst Junior's disappointing campaign comes to an early end.
|Bolivar romped to a 3-0 win over Universidad Catolica in La Paz that secured their place in the last 16 for the first time since 2000.
The game started at a frenetic pace and Los Celestes stormed ahead with just two minutes on the clock. A short corner exposed a static Catolica defence and Rudy Cardozo sent an effort towards the back post which was turned in by Pablo Frontini.
The hosts were relentless in attack and continued to pepper the opposition goal with shots from distance. Eventually, they added to their lead as Walter Flores hammered in an exquisite 35-yard strike that gave Christopher Toselli no chance. The visitors began to edge their way back into the game before the break and could have halved the deficit but David Gazale and Roberto Ovelar failed to hit the target from inside the area.
They were made to rue their missed chances as Bolivar scored their third of the night four minutes after the restart. Damian Lizio was through on goal and took one look up before lofting the ball over Toselli with a looping volley from 20 yards. Ovelar did his best to try and drag his side back into the match but his efforts proved to be fruitless.
Bolivar therefore qualified for the knockout stage after finishing second in Group 3 on goal difference and Universidad Catolica were eliminated after finishing bottom of the group.