Barcelona turned their series against Vélez in Ecuador and classified Palmeiras
Barcelona beat Vélez Sarsfield 3-1 at home for the second leg of the Copa Libertadores round of 16 and qualified, with a 3-2 aggregate, to the quarterfinals, where they will meet Fluminense or Cerro Porteño.
After falling 1-0 in the first leg, the Ecuadorian team went 1-0 at halftime at home thanks to a goal from Adonis Preciado, who capitalized at 24 ‘on a good discharge behind Carlos Garcés, who pivoted in a great way in the area and left him both served.
The Argentines, who had the Uruguayan Matías de Los Santos throughout the game, tied at 48 ‘with a header from Juan Martín Lucero that protected them from a local goal. With that goal as a visitor, they forced those from Guayaquil to win by two goals.
The match was uphill for the team of Argentine Fabián Bustos, who at 56 ‘put Uruguayan Gonzalo Mastriani and at 70’ he also took out the Uruguayan Bruno Piñatares played on the attack. From going to the front so much, there was a comeback.
Gabriel Cortéz scored the 2-1 penalty after a foul committed by Nazareno Romero, and at 80 ’Jonathan Perlaza took advantage of clearance in the middle and towards the middle of Tomás Guidara to capture the rebound and finish first from the edge of the area.
In the other game on Wednesday morning, Palmeiras beat Universidad Católica 1-0 at home, repeating the result of the first leg. Marcos Rocha scored at 36 ‘for the last champion, who had Matías Viña on the substitute bench. The Uruguayan was not a starter at the request of Roma, which will incorporate him in the next few hours.
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