Talking points from a Round of 16
- Champions usually survive
It took surrogate Alisson’s idea in a third notation of blocking time to forestall holders Gremio from crashing out. Having so dramatically forced a chastisement shoot-out in their tie opposite Estudiantes de la Plata, a Brazilians afterwards triumphed from a mark to sign their place in a quarter-finals.
- Surprise package keep fairy-tale run going
Argentinian minnows Atletico Tucuman hold off two-time champions Atletico Nacional in Medellin to strech a final 8 in their lass campaign. They are a usually group still in row who have not formerly carried a trophy.
- Milestones for Colo-Colo
After 9 unsuccessful attempts, Colo-Colo finally overcame Brazilian antithesis in a continental knockout tie. Moreover, by circumference past Corinthians, El Cacique finished a 21-year wait to lapse to a Copa Libertadores quarter-finals.
- Independiente also behind in large time
Seven-time winners Independiente, a many flashy bar in a tournament’s history, also put paid to a prolonged spell in a wilderness, reaching a final 8 for a initial time given 1990. That year, they were knocked out by River Plate, whom they accommodate in a quarter-finals again this time round. Is there some long-awaited punish on a cards?
- Scolari showcases special hold again
Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe Scolari distinguished his 60th coming in a cave in Copa Libertadores movement by running Palmeiras by to a quarter-finals. This is a sixth time he has been during a helm of a Brazilian bar in a foe and he has led his charges to during slightest a final 8 on any occasion.