Both Russo’s and Gallardo’s teams won their groups and there is no chance of confrontation in the next instance. What opponents can touch them. On Friday, the raffle.
Speculation is over. There will be no Superclásico in the round of 16 of the 2020 Copa Libertadores and those who wanted another Boca-River immediately will have to wait. It is that the team of Marcelo Gallardo and that of Miguel Russo will not be able to cross in the next instance, since both finished first in their groups and will share a ciborium in the draw that will be held on Friday, at 12, in Asunción and that will define the start of the final stretch of the most important club competition in South America.
On Tuesday three groups were closed and River, Santos Y Jorge Wilstermann secured a place among the first, while Liga de Quito, Delfín and Athletico Paranaense they took over the second square.
Although there are still several places to be defined, there are already many who took their passport to the next phase and the first and second ciboriums that will define the keys to the round of 16 are already outlined. There a first against a second will always cross and the one who won his group will have the benefit of defining as a local.
The sum of points in the group stage also serves to determine the locality in the quarterfinals and the semis. The final, as has happened since the 2019 edition, when Flamengo beat River in Lima, will be single party. The venue will be Rio de Janeiro and the date, not yet defined, is estimated for the end of January 2021.
Next, a detail of the situation table of the eight groups.
First: Flamengo (15, +6). The defending champion is one of the best firsts, thanks to his 3-1 win over Junior from Barranquilla, who finished third and entered the South American.
Second: Independent of the Valley (12, +6). The Quito team, which beat Flamengo at home, confirmed its favoritism to qualify for the second round with its 2-0 victory against Barcelona from Guayaquil.
First: Palmeiras (16, +15). It is the team that garnered the most points together with Santos, but with a better difference than that team, and it was guaranteed to define as a local until the semifinals.
Second: Guaraní (13, +6). Gustavo Costas’ team is a rival that Argentine teams would not see with bad eyes and that also brings the bonus of a short trip, which does not imply so much wear and tear. This Wednesday he beat Bolívar 1 to 0, lost 2 to 1 and turned it 3 to 2 in the discount.
First: Jorge Wilstermann (10, +3). The group was defined on Tuesday night and Jorge Wilstermann made the big blow and took first place on goal difference, then his huge 1-0 away win against Colo Colo.
Second: Athletico Paranaense (10, +2). The Brazilian team arrived as a comfortable leader, but finished second after losing to Peñarol, who finished third and will go to the Copa Sudamericana. Athletico Paranaense, beyond his irregularity, is a risky rival for Argentine teams in the round of 16.
First: River (13, +15). Marcelo Gallardo’s team beat Liga de Quito 3-0 on the last date of Group D and came first. Although you may have several upstairs and difficulties to define as local in the following instances in case you keep moving forward.
Second: Quito League (12, +4). The Ecuadorians, dangerous rivals for anyone – it was on view Tuesday in Avellaneda, beyond the bulky final result – go to the hype of the seconds. San Pablo thrashed Binational 5-1 and finished third and went on to South America.
Guild (10, +3). Set gaucho is already in the top 16. He closes at home against América de Cali and with a draw and even with a defeat he would be the leader, if Inter does not beat Universidad Católica in Chile. Another group with a leader of not so many points,
Inter (8, +3). The team of Chacho Coudet is almost in. He can even qualify with a loss, since his chaser, América de Cali, comes with three points less and has 5 goals less difference. Almost certainly he will be second, unless he beat Ariel Holan’s Catholic University in Chile and Gremio does not add three against América de Cali. Inter will be another risk rival for the Argentines in the round of 16.
First: National (15, +6). Already classified, he defeated Alianza Lima 2-0 at home and won the zone by better goal difference.