The former Lyon midfielder was instrumental to the Brazilian side's progression to the quarter-finals whilst Flamengo and Sao Paulo bow out of the competition
|Vasco da Gama
|Vasco da Gama win 9-6 on aggregate
An incredible match in Rio de Janeiro saw goal-hungry Vasco go through to the quarter-finals, as they brushed aside a two-goal deficit in style. The Carioca side will fly the flag for Brazil, being the only team that avoided elimination in the last 16.
From the off the hosts played sumptuous passing football and Bernardo opened the scoring, as he did in Bolivia, with a terrific individual goal going in off the bar.
Aurora showed their hand as they countered Vasco, who continued to press upfront. Some bullish centre forward play was finished off when Augusto Andaveris slammed his effort into the net.
Vasco were offered a helping hand when Gonzalo Galindo received his marching orders in the 36th minute. Alecsandro managed to bag a brace of headers to level the tie on aggregate going into the second half.
Vasco were rampant and after Leandro added a fourth, Juninho Pernambucano converted from the penalty spot. However, just three minutes later Aurora were awarded a penalty of their own, which Diomedes Pena dispatched to give the Bolivian side a glimmer of hope.
Any Brazilian doubts were cast aside when Bernardo bent in his second, before Douglas nodded in for the seventh Vasco goal of the night. Despite having only ten men, Aurora managed to sneak in another goal through Ronald Segovia, but Allan burned past the defence in stoppage time to restore the five goal margin and score his first for the club in the process.
The record-breaking victory sets up a tie with Universitario in the quarter-finals. The first leg will be played in Lima next week.
|Universidad de Chile
|Universidad de Chile win 5-0 on aggregate
The U completed their two-legged destruction of the Brazilian giants with another victory in Santiago, confirming their place in the Copa last eight.
The in-form Chileans started on the front foot and bagged the only goal of the night. Eduardo Vargas found space for a pass which was deflected into the path of Marcelo Diaz. The ball sat up nicely and he lashed a shot into the top corner from 20 yards to provide a five-goal cushion.
Flamengo once again struggled to create as the Universidad wingers restricted the ability of the full-backs to maraud forward. Willians won the ball back in an offensive position to set up Flamengo's best chance of the night, but it was blasted wide.
The frustration continued for the Rubro-Negro after the break as Jael lacked the killer touch in attack and gave the ball away too easily. Jhonny Herrera was in great form for the U when called upon, producing a great double-save from Ronaldo Angelim.
Herrera saved again late on from Diego Mauricio to keep up his record of not having conceded a single goal so far in this year’s edition of the Copa Sudamericana. He will look to extend that record as they face reigning champions Arsenal de Sarandi in the next round.
|Libertad win 2-1 on aggregate
Emerson Leao’s first game in charge of Sao Paulo ended in disappointment, as the Tricolor became the third Brazilian team to be eliminated from the Copa Sudamericana.
The Paraguayans began brightly and were awarded a penalty after 10 minutes. Luis Fabiano was booked for his protests but Sergio Aquino converted the spot kick to level the tie early on.
Five minutes later Sao Paulo went on the attack but Ivan Piris hit the post against his former club Cerro Porteno's arch rivals. Bernardo Medina was hardly inspiring confidence in goal for Libertad as he kept the score level with a number of highly unorthodox saves.
Dagoberto looked a real threat with the ball at his feet, wreaking havoc as he ran at the Libertad defensive ranks. His dead-ball delivery was headed in by the towering centre back Rhodolfo, but the goal was chalked out due to a marginal offside decision.
Then just moments later Libertad took the lead in the tie for the first time through Jose Nunez, despite being offside. His effort cannoned off the post and onto the back of Rogerio Ceni before hitting the back of the net.
The prize of their victory is a quarter-final date with Ecuadorian powerhouse LDU Quito, whom they visit in Quito next week.