Boca Juniors are one step closer to recapturing past glories with Juan Roman Riquelme leading the way yet again, while Corinthians look up to the challenge of winning the Copa Libertadores for the first time. In the best game of Wednesday night's action, Vasco da Gama defeated Lanus on penalties.
Boca Juniors 3-2 Union Española
Riquelme was at his best on Wednesday night, tallying two assists and a goal to end UE's Copa campaign. Boca was ahead 2-1 on aggregate heading into the match and struck first in the 25th minute, with Juan Insaurralde scoring the opener. That gave Boca an away goal and a two-goal lead, creating a serious uphill battle for UE. When Pablo Mouche scored a second away goal for Boca in the 49th minute, the tie was essentially over and they fell asleep a bit. Jean Paul Pineda got one back for his side in the 61st minute, but that was quickly answered by Riquelme's 67th minute strike. Sebastian Jaime rounded out the scoring for UE.
Corinthians 3-0 Emelec
Well, that was simple. When Corinthians managed a 0-0 draw away, it felt like the return leg would look something like this. Fabio Santos scored in the 7th minute for Corinthians and that felt like the end of the tie at the time. Alex and Paulinho added the other goals. Hopefully for neutral viewers, they get a bit of a challenge in the quarterfinals.
Lanus 2-1 Vasco da Gama
Lanus did what they had to do to force penalties on Wednesday, but they were thwarted by the shootout and Vasco goalkeeper Fernando. Vasco scored the vital away goal that made extra time possible for them in a loss through Nilton in the 18th minute, assisted by Juninho Pernambucano. After a poor first half, Vasco subbed on Colombian star Teo Gutierrez and things picked up going forward. Mariano Pavone scored in the 60th minute and Teo scored his first in a Lanus shirt in the 78th minute to level the score on aggregate.
Pavone almost scored the winner on two occasions late, but Fernando made two brilliant saves in the 89th minute and in stoppage time to force the penalty shootout. In the shootout, Lanus' Silvio Romero was the only player to miss as Vasco advanced with a 5-4 shootout victory.