The unbeatable Palmeiras walks in the Copa Libertadores and Vélez stops River Plate in its tracks

The unbeatable Palmeiras walks in the Copa Libertadores and Vélez stops River Plate in its tracks

The unbeatable Palmeiras continued solid this Wednesday in the defense of the two-time Copa Libertadores championship by beating Cerro Porteño 3-0, in the first leg of the round of 16, a worrying day for River Plate and profitable for Flamengo.

Champion of the last two editions of the maximum Conmebol club tournament, Palmeiras barely needed the second 45 minutes of the match against Cerro Porteño in Asunción to put things in order and take Sao Paulo half a ticket to the quarterfinals.

Rony, with a brace at 61 and 68 minutes, and Murilo, at 87, were responsible for the goals of the powerful team led by the Portuguese Abel Ferreira.

The winner of the key, who points without objection to ‘Verdao’, will face in the quarterfinals with the winner of the series between the Ecuadorian Emelec and the Brazilian Atlético Mineiro (1-1 in the first leg in Guayaquil).

The other side of the coin is River Plate, four times champion of the contest and candidate to reach the final in Guayaquil, who fell 1-0 in his visit to Vélez Sarsfield, a serious rival that is being armed with the arrival of Uruguayan coach Alexander Medina to compete in the Cup and improve in the local tournament.

And that’s what he did at the José Amalfitani when he prevailed with an executed penalty by Lucas Janson at 15 minutes.

The winner of the series, which will be decided next Wednesday in the Monumental stadium, will collide in the quarterfinals with the winner of the also Argentine key between Talleres and Colón de Santa Fetied 1-1 in the first leg in Córdoba.

in Ibague, Flamengo beat Colombian Deportes Tolima 1-0 with a goal from Andreas Pereira at 19 minutes.

The winner of the series, which will be resolved on Wednesday at the Maracana, will collide in the quarterfinals with the winner of the key between Boca Juniors and Corinthians, tied 0-0 in the first leg in Sao Paulo.

— Results and program of the first legs of the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores de América-2022 that will be played this week:

– Tuesday

In Guayaquil: Emelec (ECU) – Atlético Mineiro (BRA) 1-1

In Curitiba: Athletico Paranaense (BRA) – Libertad (PAR) 2-1

In Sao Paulo: Corinthians (BRA) – Boca Juniors (ARG) 0-0

– Wednesday

In Córdoba: Talleres (ARG) – Colón (ARG) 1-1

In Asunción: Cerro Porteño (PAR) – Palmeiras (BRA) 0-3

In Ibague: Sports Tolima (COL) – Flamengo (BRA) 0-1

In Buenos Aires: Velez Sarsfield (ARG) – River Plate (ARG) 1-0

– Thursday

In Fortaleza: Fortaleza (BRA) – Students of La Plata (ARG)

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