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All Brazilian Teams Qualify for Libertadores Knockout Stage
Palmeiras is the last one to qualify and will confront Sport
Gabriel Fuhrmann Tranquilli Barbosa (gabriel89)     Email Article  Print Article 
Published 2009-05-06 11:01 (KST)   
This article is only lightly edited.  <Editor's Note>
The group stage of the Libertadores just ended, and all Brazilian teams did well and qualified to the eights of final.

Sao Paulo, Gremio, Cruzeiro and Sport were already qualified before the last round and Palmeiras was the only one that still needed a win to be on the eights of final. It was an away match against Colo-Colo from Chile.

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At Palestra Italia, Colo-Colo beat Palmeiras by 2 - 0, and was also trying to get to the eights of final. For Palmeiras, only a win could resolve the problem, with a loss or a draw Colo-Colo would be the one to qualify and it was just like this, until the last minute of the match.

The match was totally incredible. Palmeiras needing to win and Colo-Colo trying to hold the draw result and was doing it well. Everything seemed to be alright for Colo-Colo when the team was dominating the match, after Palmeiras momentary pressure to the goal, the defender Marcao received the red card.

When no one could see any way to success for Palmeiras, at 43 of the second half, the midfielder Cleiton Xavier scored an amazing goal in a great shot from very far. 1 - 0 and Palmeiras qualified to the eights of final.

Watch the highlights of Colo-Colo 0 - 1 Palmeiras.

The eights of final matches are already defined, as the teams are separated by first placed and second placed in the groups. The best first placed confronts the worst second placed, from that on.

Gremio was first placed in its group, and will confront Universidad San Martin, from Peru. As the team better placed play the second of this two-legged knockout matches at home, the first match will be at Peru.

Cruzeiro was first placed too and will play against Universidad from Chile.

The two special confronts happens for the clubs from Sao Paulo.

Sao Paulo was first placed and will confront Chivas Guadalajara, from Mexico. The first match is at Mexico, at the focus of the Mexican Flu. There is a lot of discussion about the better place to play this match, it is considered play the match at Uruguay, the only country that still accepting flights from Mexico, or both matches at Brazil

Palmeiras itself has an old opponent. What a coincidence that Palmeiras will take on Sport again. It is the third confrontation between these two teams this year. Palmeiras won one at Recife and tied at Palestra Italia. Last year Sport eliminated Palmeiras from the Copa do Brasil and won the two matches for the national championship.

This confrontation has more story to tell in the last two years than it has in decades.

Let's see who will survive for the quarterfinals

©2009 OhmyNews
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