Ronaldinho: We’re going to shed blood

The 33-year-old says his team will stop at nothing in an attempt to turn around a 2-0 first leg deficit in their semi-final Copa Libertadores tie against Newell’s Old Boys
Ronaldinho has fired a warning to semi-final opponents Newell’s Old Boys insisting Atletico Mineiro will "shed blood" to reach the Copa Libertadores final.

Goals from Maxi Rodriguez and Ignacio Scocco gave the Argentine side a 2-0 first leg win on Wednesday in Rosario.

A hard fought encounter saw five yellow cards handed out, and Ronaldinho expects more of the same next Wednesday.

“It’s not over,” he told reporters.

“We’re going to play for our lives, for the history of the club. We’re going to shed our blood there.”

Paraguayan outfit Olimpia lead Colombian side Santa Fe 2-0 in the other semi-final.

“It’s a very good result but the tie is open. We’ve played against the best team in the Libertadores, according to the statistics, and we won with authority,” Newell’s coach Gerardo Martino told reporters.

Atletico Mineiro are the highest scoring team in the competition with 25 goals from 11 games, with 14 of them coming in their five home matches.