There is still plenty to do next week in La Bombonera but Boca Juniors’ 1-1 draw in Montevideo against Nacional makes Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side slight favourites for a place in the Copa Libertadores semi finals.
Boca progressed at the expense of a Paraguayan side in the last 16 but while Los Xeneizes were able to pick up an away win against Cerro Porteño, Nacional of Uruguay provided sterner opposition.
In a rare moment of excitement, Colombian left back Frank Fabra gave Boca the lead with a little over 20 minutes remaining after collecting Andrés Chávez’s wayward pass and powering his way into the penalty area to smash the ball past Esteban Conde.
Boca’s advantage would not last, however and only six minutes later the home side were level. Boca failed to clear a corner from the left and the ball fell to Sebastián Fernández, who crashed a volley into Agustín Orión’s bottom corner.
Dani Osvaldo made his return from injury with a five-minute cameo but stormed off the pitch at full time spawning rumours that Guillermo Barros Schelotto wants rid of the troublesome striker at the end of the season.