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 By Tim Vickery

Cerro's Copa Sudamericana curse continues, Atletico Nacional in final

Atletico Nacional
Atletico Nacional are through to the Copa Sudamericana final against Chapecoense.

Cerro Porteno gave it their best shot. But yet again the Paraguayan side have fallen at the semifinal stage of a continental competition. It has become a club curse. Their big local rivals Olimpia are the cup kings, full of silverware. Cerro, meanwhile do not have a continental title to their credit, and have never even reached the final. Hopes that 2016 would bring the run to an end died in Medellin on Thursday, where they were eliminated by Atletico Nacional of Colombia and bowed out of the...

 By Tim Vickery

David versus Goliath matchups in the Copa Sudamericana semifinals

Cerro Porteno vs. Atletico Nacional
Cerro Porteno played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg at home to Atletico Nacional.

A key question hangs over the definition of the finalists in the Copa Sudamericana, the continent's Europa League equivalent. How will the little guys cope with the pressure of the big occasion?

In one corner are established giants Atletico Nacional of Colombia, champions of this year's Copa Libertadores and thus the reigning champions of South America, and 2014 predecessors San Lorenzo of Argentina -- both of which are battle-hardened outfits accustomed to the international spotlight.

In the other...

 By Tim Vickery

Chapecoense, Cerro Porteno fighting to reach new heights in Sudamericana

Bruno Rangel & Franco Mussis
Chapecoense forward Bruno Rangel, left, vies for the ball with San Lorenzo's Franco Mussis.

It is all square after the first leg of the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana, South America's Europa League equivalent.

Both games finished 1-1, and there is now a three week wait for the return matches, when one of two radically different scenarios could emerge.

The final could be between two teams entitled to feel somewhat blase about this competition, since they have recently claimed the Copa Libertadores -- the Champions League equivalent and by some distance the continent's most prestigious...