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Boca Juniors beat Nacional on penalties, advance to Copa semis

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Boca Juniors advanced to the last four of the Copa Libertadores on Thursday.

Boca Juniors advanced to the Copa Libertadores semifinals after beating Nacional of Uruguay 4-3 on penalties in the second leg of their quarterfinal tie in Buenos Aires on Thursday.

The home side, which advanced 2-2 on aggregate, were down after 21 minutes through a Daniel Diaz own goal. Cristiano Pavon's timely strike in the 73rd minute evened the tie at the Bombonera but the jubilant Pavon was shown a red card for excessively celebrating his goal.

The Uruguayans, who had beaten Brazilian giants...

 By Tim Vickery

Atletico Nacional face Copa Lib disappointment after strong start

Atletico Nacional and Reinaldo Rueda are on the verge of Copa Lib disappointment following a strong start.

The time for truth has arrived for the men from Medellin.

Colombia's Atletico Nacional were the outstanding team in the group phase of the Copa Libertadores, winning their first five matches without conceding a single goal. But a cup competition is won by the team that comes good at the best time, not necessarily by the one that sprints out of the block with a flying start.

Perhaps Nacional have peaked too soon. In the first knockout round, their 4-2 aggregate win over Huracan of Argentina...

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Boca Juniors draw, Rosario Central hold on in Copa Libertadores quarters

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Boca Juniors settled for a draw at Nacional on Thursday.

Boca Juniors collected a crucial away goal but couldn't keep the lead in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay's Nacional in their quarterfinal first-leg tie on Thursday.

Boca, who defeated Cerro Porteno in the round-of-16 stage of the competition, struck the home side on 70 minutes through Frank Fabra.

The galloping Colombian left-back collected a pass on the left, took two touches and fired a sliding, left-footed shot inside goalkeeper Esteban Conde's far post.

The Argentine's advantage would not...

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Pumas keeps Liga MX hopes alive; Atletico Nacional power past Huracan

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Eduardo Herrera celebrates after opening the scoring against Deportivo Tachira in the Copa Libertadores.

Pumas kept Liga MX's Copa Libertadores hopes alive with a 2-0 win versus Venezuelan side Deportivo Tachira to secure a 2-1 aggregate success and passage to the quarterfinals.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Pumas' Eduardo Herrera headed home in the 13th minute to bring the hosts level on aggregate. 

With the game seemingly headed to extra time and possibly penalties, Herrera found Ismael Sosa for the Mexican side's second goal to double the lead.

Minutes later, with Deportivo chasing a decisive...

 By Tim Vickery

Marlos Moreno shows versatility and talent in the Copa Libertadores

Marlos Moreno's fine form continues in the Copa Libertadores.

Two Copa Libertadores, games, two victories, two fine goals, two splendid assists -- 19-year-old Marlos Moreno of Colombia's Atletico Nacional is on fire.

He came on strongly in the last few months of 2015, winning a place in the team and playing an important role in Nacional's domestic league triumph. He scored in the quarterfinal against Deportivo Cali, and claimed the vital goal in the final against Junior Barranquilla which forced a penalty shootout.

Starting on the left wing but increasingly...