Copa Libertadores: what do Argentine teams need to qualify for the round of 16

Everyone has a chance to go to the round, two dates from the end of the group stage.

The group stage of the Copa Libertadores entered the climax. In the absence of two days, the passages to the round of 16 are being defined, where everything will be hand in hand. All Argentine teams have a chance to stay alive in the continental tournament. Some, with everything on track to continue. Others, not so much. What do Boca, River, Racing, Defensa y Justicia and Tigre need to go to the next round of Cups?

The 1-0 victory this Thursday in Colombia against the DIM leave it to Boca very well positioned to obtain the classification. He is the leader of group H with 10 points, followed by Caracas (7) and Freedom (6), while the Colombians close with a point, already eliminated.

Boca will receive on Tuesday 29 from 9:30 p.m. to Libertad in La Bombonera and will be classified if he does not lose that match. In the event of a possible fall, they will have the chance to go to the second round if they beat Caracas on the last date, with which they will also be local, on October 22, after the double round of the South American Qualifiers. And it could even happen with a draw that day if it favors the goal difference, which for now is +6, while that of the Venezuelans is +1.

The most complicated of all is undoubtedly the team of Victoria, who plays in the First National. Tiger they are last in group B with just one point as a result of this Wednesday’s draw against Bolívar at home. Those led by Néstor Gorosito lost in their first three presentations: 2-0 against Palmeiras (10 points) and Bolivar (4); and 4-1 versus Guaraní (7) in Paraguay.

The duel with the Paraguayans next Thursday at the Monumental de Victoria will be a true final. Tigre must win to maintain his illusion. Otherwise, your hopes will be buried. In turn, he needs the Bolivians not to add to Palmeiras. Then, if he still has chances, he should win in Brazil and wait for Bolívar to beat Guaraní in La Paz. In that case, everyone would tie for second place at 7 points and we would have to see the goal difference, which for now has Guaraní with +3, Bolívar with -1 and Tigre with -7. If qualified, it would be a real feat.

In group D, the River Marcelo Gallardo breathes much calmer. He is second, with 7 units after having lost with Liga in Quito (9), tied with San Pablo (4) as a visitor and beaten twice at Binacional (3). If he beats the Brazilians in Núñez on Wednesday he will get a ticket to the next instance. And a draw would virtually give him the classification, since he would continue with a three-point advantage to a final date, with a goal difference of +11 against 0 for the Brazilians.

In the event of a defeat, River will still depend on itself, since if it beats Liga de Quito in the last match at home, thanks to its great goal difference, it would be almost classified. Of course, if you do not win, you must wait for other results.

If River is comfortable, not to mention Racing in group F. Those from Avellaneda are second with 9 points: they beat Estudiantes (3) in Mérida, Alianza Lima (0) twice and lost to Nacional (12) in El Cilindro. With a point against the already classified Nacional on Wednesday in Montevideo or later against Merida students in Avellaneda they will make sure to be in the second round.

Group G, which includes Defense and Justice, everything is much more even. Those of Florencio Varela are second with 6 beans. They fell with Santos (7) and Olimpia (5) as visitors and triumphed at home against Delfín from Ecuador (1) and the Paraguayans.

The team led by Hernán Crespo must score at least the same number of points as Olimpia to avoid taking risks. He will visit Delfín and then Santos. The Guaraníes, for their part, will define with two followed by local: Santos first and Delfín later. If Defense wins in Ecuador next week and Olimpia falls to the Brazilians, the Hawk will be in the next phase. Otherwise, we will have to wait for the last date.

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