Saturday, May 16, 2015

8 teams left – Copa Libertadores entering decisive stage

The round of 16 matches are done, and after the big scandal at the Superclásico, that you surely read of, and which I will not be giving any platform here, only eight teams are left competing for the title this season. Some big favorites exited in the previous week, Corinthians and Boca being two of them. Let us take a look at who is left and who has the best chances to advance.

Who? The highest seed left in the Copa are no South Americans. Mexico’s UANL Tigres will face Ecuador’s Emelec. The Mexicans have not lost a single game yet, 5 wins and 3 draws make them the team to beat. Emelec themselves are unbeaten at home though, so this could shape up to be a very close tie.

When? First leg May 19, second leg May 26.

Prediction? Tigres to advance to the semi finals.


Who? The winner of the previously described matchup will (most likely) face the winner of Santa Fe vs Internacional. Both teams won their respective groups, and Santa Fe raised quite a few eyebrows by eliminating Estudiantes. The Brazilian attack force might be a lot to handle for the Colombians, but would you count them out?

When? First leg May 20, second leg May 27.

Prediction? Possible upset! Santa Fe to go to the semi finals.


Who? The surprise of the round of 16, Guaraní, is in action against Racing Club from Argentina. Once again the Paraguayans are heavy outsiders. But if you stop Guerrero and Co. from scoring any goals, why not also stop Bou and Milito?

When? First leg May 21, second leg May 28.

Prediction? They did it once, they will not do it again. I got Racing in the semis.


Who? The duel of 8 versus 16 seed is actually one of the best games of the quarter final. Cruzeiro will face River Plate who advanced on the green table. It remains doubtful who will even be able to play, because Ponzio, Kranevitter, a handful of others still remain under supervision by doctors after the pepper spray attacks. For me, it is really difficult to have any sort of idea of these games after the happenings.

When? That is still up in the air, at some point May 19-21, May 26-28.

Prediction? Cruzeiro because I need to make a decision, but 50/50 for me.


Post a Comment