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Flamengo failed to defend his title and deposited the Copa Libertadores 2020 from the last 16, by losing to Argentine Racing Club on penalties.

River Plate and Santos qualified for the 8th round of the continental championship, whose champion qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 Finals in February 2021 in Qatar.

The defending champion led by coach Rogerio Ceni tied the first leg 1-1 and in the second leg tied with the same score, but lost on penalties, 5-3.

The Brazilian team is going through a bad period due to the injuries that hit its ranks, the most prominent of which was the absence of the scorer of the last version, Gabriel Barbosa, from facing the second leg with a muscle injury.

Flamengo played the 27 minutes of the match, with ten players, after Rodrigo Caio, the defender, was sent off for receiving a second warning.

Leonardo Cigali first advanced to Racing in the 65th minute of a rebound, and with Flamengo’s continued pressure in the remaining minutes, Willian Arau equalized in the third minute of time instead of missing a header after a corner by Diego Ribas.

The penalty shoot-out smiled for the Argentine team, as Flamengo failed to continue the campaign to defend his title, and within 3 weeks he deposited the second championship after he left the Brazilian Cup at the hands of Sao Paulo.

The Racing Club will wait to face the winner between Boca Juniors and Brazil’s Internacional in the Round of 8.

In Argentina, River Plate returned to Monumental Stadium, winning 1-0 against Atletico Paranaense, Brazil, after the first leg ended in a 1-1 draw.

The match saw a sweep from Marcelo Gallardo, the coach, whose players fired more than 39 shots at the opponent in the two matches.

The only goal of the match came through the Uruguayan Nicolas Dela Cruz after following the penalty kick that he had kicked off the left post of the young goalkeeper Pinto, who played the match without a substitute, because all the guards were infected with the Corona virus in the Brazilian team.

River Plate will be the last runner-up and holders of the 2018 title, waiting for the winner of the Ecuadorian match against Independiente del Valle and Nacional Uruguay.

Finally, Santos booked his seat in the Round of 8 after a marathon match that extended to the 124th minute against La Liga de Quito, Ecuador.

The first leg ended with Santos winning 2-1 away from their rules, and in the second leg, the Ecuadorian team excelled with a free goal.

In the sixth minute of stoppage time, the match witnessed exciting events after a strong intervention by the Ecuadorian striker on Santos goalkeeper John.

Interventions and clashes between the two sides of the match extended the events of the match until the 124th minute, as Argentine referee Nestor Bettana had to review the video technology for a period of approximately 8 minutes only and ended with the dismissal of two players from the guest team and a substitute player from Santos, in addition to an assistant coach.

Santos may be on a date with an exclusive Brazilian confrontation, as he waits for the winner of Gremio’s confrontation with the Paraguayan Guarani after he ended up going 2-0 for the Brazilian team.


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