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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...

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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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River Plate lose to Independiente in Copa Libertadores title defence

Defending Copa Libertadores champions River Plate exited the competition in the round of 16 at the hands of Independiente del Valle.

River Plate's quest to repeat as Copa Libertadores champions was thwarted by Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle in the round of 16.

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The Argentine club lost to Independiente by a final aggregate score of 2-1, after failing to overcome a two-goal deficit from the first leg in Ecuador.

River dominated possession and shots on goal, but could only find the net once, when substitute Lucas Alario scored from close range to give the hosts a late 1-0 lead in the 79th minute.

A four-goal lead from the...

 By Tim Vickery

Copa Libertadores pits Brazil vs. Argentina in intriguing last-16 ties

Robinho and Atletico Mineiro are fancied to beat Racing but the Copa Lib is known for its unpredictability.

On Wednesday the knockout phase of the Copa Libertadores really gets serious: three games, five former champions and two big clashes between clubs from Brazil and Argentina. It's perhaps surprising that all of this is coming so soon, in the round of 16 rather than in the quarterfinals. Come the end of next week, some major challengers will have left the competition.

The day kicks off with one of those Argentina-Brazil confrontations. In Buenos Aires, Racing play host to Atletico Mineiro, the 2013...

 By Sam Kelly

Uruguay legend Alvaro 'El Chino ' Recoba bids farewell to football

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Alvaro Recoba received a standing ovation at his farewell match at the Gran Parque Central stadium in Montevideo .

"One last magic act." That's how El Pais, Uruguay's biggest newspaper, chose to headline their preview of Alvaro Recoba's farewell match, which took place on Thursday night in the Gran Parque Central, a stadium he knew so well and lit up so frequently during his playing days with Nacional. Recoba debuted for Danubio back in 1994, but enjoyed his first successes -- and his most recent ones too -- with Nacional, where he became a club idol.

A move to Italy followed in 1997, and Recoba's Inter Milan...