BOGOTA (AP) — River Plate beat Fluminense 2-0 on Wednesday to revive their chances of advancing to the group stage of the Copa Libertadores, which also includes Palmeiras, Independiente del Valle, Argentino Juniors and Racing de Avellaneda. Pass authenticated. Round of 16
At the Mas Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, the “millionaires” team needed a win to continue in the race for qualification into Group D of the regional tournament and they got it with second-half scores by the criminal’s Lucas Beltrán and Esquiel Barco. Did.
“We played a great game against a great opponent, we won one of those games that you have to move on from,” said River coach Martin Demichelis. “I am proud of the boys as they have done their best.”
It was a good night for the Argentine team, as Sporting Cristal beat The Strongest 2–1 at home in their second group match.
With the results combining, Fluminense was on top with nine points, while River climbed to second place with seven, the same as Sporting Cristal.
The Peruvian team earned a hard-fought victory in La Paz, despite playing one man less since the 30th minute due to the expulsion of Gianfranco Chávez.
Brenner Marlos and Washington Corzo scored for Sporting Cristal. Enrique Triverio scored the only goal for The Strongest, who finished last in the standings and would visit River at the end of the group.
With a spectacular comeback in the second period, Palmeiras beat Barcelona 4–2 and secured their place among the best 16 teams in the Libertadores.
The competition’s champions in 2020 and 2021 conceded a double from Francisca Fiedryzewski before the break, but insisted their hierarchy in the supplementary phase to change the result.
Scores from Gustavo Gómez, Joaquín Piquerez, Artur and Andrić allowed Palmeiras to reach 12 points in Group C and match Bolivar, with whom they would define first place on the final date.
In Group E, Independiente del Valle beat Corinthians 3–0 and secured their qualification to the round of 16, where the Brazilian team would not be there, having been left without a substitute day to play.
In Quito, the defending Copa Sudamericana champions took the lead before half an hour with two goals from striker Michael Hoyos.
In the second half, Junior Sornoza, who had previously assisted on the goal, added to the result with a mid-range shot.
Argentina’s juniors also progressed in the region after beating Liverpool 2–1.
A goal from Lucas Villalba in the fifth minute of the break crowned the comeback of “Bicho”, who maintained their unbeaten record and are the leaders with 11 points, two more than Independiente del Valle.
The other score was the work of Leonardo Heredia for the team led by Gabriel Milito. Ruben Bentancourt opened the scoring for Uruguay with a penalty.
In Montevideo, an 89th-minute goal from Bruno Damiani helped Nacional to a 1–1 draw against Internacional de Porto Alegre.
The “gaucho” squad took advantage through Alan Patrick on 63 minutes and effected the classification, but a late tie postponed the definition until the closing day of the group stage.
Internacional leads Group B with nine points, while Nacional was left with eight. Independiente Medellin, which will visit bottom club Metropolitanos on Thursday, has seven units.
For Group A, Ocas and Ñublense drew 0–0 and favored Racing de Avellaneda, who qualified before playing their match.