Palmeiras Flamengo coast through in Copa

  • Palmeiras secured their progre sion to the quarter-finals of the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday, trouncing Cerro Porteno 5-0 in Sao Paulo.Coming into the second leg with a 3-0 lead on aggregate, the Verdaoeventually extended it to 8-0 over two legs with four goals in the final 20 minutes on Wednesday, following Braian Samudios own goal in the first half.Francisco Arces side did little to put the two-time reigning Libertadores champions on the back foot, failing to generate a shot in open play in the penalty area over the 90 minutes despite the majority of po se sion.Launches up the pitch from Palmeiras goalkeeper Weverton resulted in late goals, with Rony scoring in the 73rd minutes and then a sisting for Breno Lopes with a deft back-heel two minutes later.Palmeiras captainGustavo Gomez scored what would bea cherished goal against his boyhood club Libertads rivals to make it 4-0 in the 78th minute, before Breno returned the favour for Rony to round out the scoring in the 83rd.Abel Ferreiras side will now meet Atletico Mineiro in the quarter-finals, after they progre sed past Emelec on Tuesday. Second-half barrage sees Flamengo throughFlamengo set up a high-profile quarter-finalwith Corinthians in the late game on Wednesday, smashing Deportes Tolima 7-1 in Rio de Janeiro in their second-leg clash.Dorival Juniors side confirmed an 8-1 win on aggregate over two legs, scoring five goals in the second half at the Maracana.Pedro bagged a poker on the night, putting the two-time Libertadores winners up 1-0 in only the fifth minute, before helping put the aggregate result beyond doubt in the second half with another three goals. Velez knock out River in huge upsetEven after Corinthians eliminated Boca Juniors at La Bombonera on Tuesday, VelezSarsfield claimed the last-16s biggest scalp, progre sing past River Plate with a 0-0 draw on Wednesday in Buenos Aires.Julio Vaccaris side absorbed pre sure and looked relatively comfortable at the Monumental, against a River side that grew increasingly short of ideas.Despite 71.1 per cent of po se sion in the second half, in what will likely be Julian Alvarezs last game for the club before completing his move to Manchester City, River Plate did not generate a shot in the penalty area from open play in the final 30 minutes.

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