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Copa Libertadores wrap: Velez, Libertad progress

9 May 2012 20:26

Velez Sarsfield and Libertad secured qualification to the quarter-finals of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday.

A 1-1 draw with Atletico Nacional was enough for Velez Sarsfield to ensure a 2-1 aggregate win at their home ground in Buenos Aires.

The Argentine club extended their one-goal aggregate lead when Augusto Fernandez netted early in the second half, and survived a late scare after Atletico's Luis Mosquera equalised with a stunning free-kick.

Atletico settled quickly despite a fervent atmosphere and controlled possession for much of the early exchanges.

Despite the early onslaught, Velez's compact defence limited Atletico's opportunities to get in behind and penetrate the penalty area.

Velez began to grow in confidence and took the lead after the interval when winger Augusto Fernandez slotted home in the 52nd minute.

Atletico needed a spark to reignite the football they produced during the group stages, and a moment of individual brilliance was enough to bring them level in the match.

With 20 minutes remaining, Mosquera took a short run-up before curling a perfectly struck free-kick into the top corner.

This brought an increased urgency to the remainder of the game, yet Velez held on to a 1-1 draw and a 2-1 aggregate victory.

They will play the winner of Bolivar or Santos in the quarter-finals, with the first leg slated for May 16.

In Paraguay, Libertad overcame Cruz Azul 2-0 to secure a 3-1 aggregate victory.

Goals to Jose Nunez and Victor Caceras gave the Paraguayans a comfortable 2-0 win following a 1-1 first-leg result.

Libertad are likely to face Deportivo Quito in the quarter-finals, with the Ecuadorian champions leading their tie with Universidad Chile 4-1.

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