The teams of Miguel Russo and Marcelo Gallardo won their groups and will not meet in the next instance. What opponents can touch them. And to Racing? This Friday, the draw.
This Friday at 12 o’clock the round of 16 draw and the general key of the Copa Libertadores will be raffled. There will be no Superclásico in the next instance and those who wanted another immediate Boca-River will have to wait. It is that the team of Marcelo Gallardo and that of Miguel Russo will not be able to cross now because they finished first in their groups and will share the ciborium in the draw. Racing, meanwhile, will be in the second and there could be an Argentine duel.
In the round of 16, a first against a second will always cross and the one who won his group will have the benefit of defining as a local.
In this way, in addition to Racing, in the second round Boca and River could face Independiente del Valle, Guaraní, Athletico Paranaense, Liga de Quito, Inter de Porto Alegre, Delfín and Libertad. While the Academy, in addition to Boca and River, could play with Flamengo, Palmeiras, Jorge Wilstermann, Gremio, Nacional de Uruguay and Santos.
The sum of points in the group stage also serves to determine the locality in the quarterfinals and in 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 their favoritism to qualify for the eighth with their 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 visible on 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.
First: Guild (11, +3). Set gaucho He was already among the top 16, but he secured the lead by drawing 1-1 at home against América de Cali. Is that Inter lost 2 to 1 against Universidad Católica, which was third and reached the Copa Sudamericana.
Second: Inter (8, +2). The team of Chacho Coudet qualified even with the defeat and will have to improve his level, although it is known that Brazilians are always dangerous.
First: National (15, +6). Already classified, he defeated Alianza Lima 2-0 at home and won the zone by better goal difference.