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South America: Nine former winners remaining in Libertadores

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on April 21, 2011

Cruzeiro striker Wallyson was crucial to his sides progress to the next round

After a marathon group phase of the competition the Round of 16 draw for the 2011 Copa Santander de Libertadores is now complete. The line-up sees nine former champions of the tournament feature with six of them facing-off in the next round.

Defending champions SC Internacional Porto Alegre, winners of Group 6, meet Uruguayan six-time winners CA Peñarol who scraped second place in the tighest group of all. Group 10 was topped by LDU Quito who squeezed past Peñarol by one point and who were two and three ahead of Argentine clubs Independiente and Godoy Cruz respectively, both of whom narrowly miss out on the knockout stages. LDU, champions in 2008, meet another one-time former champion in Vélez Sársfield with both teams in great form on the domestic stage (both are top of their national leagues) and hoping to compliment that with international honours. The final game involving former winners will see Brazilians Cruzeiro, clear winners of Group 7, face Group 1 runners up Once Caldas with the Colombian side underdogs going into their Round of 16 match-up.

Rafael Sobis

Rafael Sobis scores for champions Internacional

Other group winners were Paraguayans Libertad (Group 1), Colombian outsiders Junior Barranquilla (2), Mexicans CF América (3), Chilean champions Universidad Católica (4) and Paraguayans Cerro Porteño (5). Those clubs will face tough challenges in the Round of 16 against Brazilian champions Fluminense, Mexican outfit Jaguares, two-time Libertadores winners Santos FC, Brazilians Grêmio Porto Alegre and 2009 champions Estudiantes de La Plata respectively. The Round of 16 matches will be played on April 26-28 (first leg) and May 3-5 (second leg).

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