A goal from Ademir in the 16th minute put Mineiro ahead, who was the clear dominator in the first half.
In the second, Emelec equalized with a penalty converted by the Uruguayan Sebastián Rodríguez in the 58th minute, after the referee went to review the play at VAR.
Despite playing the last 22 minutes with a player less due to Allan’s expulsion, Atlético had the victory in the final minutes with a penalty in the 88th minute, although goalkeeper Pedro Ortiz guessed the shot to the great Brazilian star, the Hulk striker.
Both teams will meet again next Tuesday in Belo Horizonte. If one of the two wins, they will qualify for the quarterfinals, while if the match ends in a draw, the winner will be decided in a penalty shootout.
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