After qualifying as group runners-up Godoy Cruz were always underdogs against one of this year’s Copa Libertadores favourites Grêmio and despite their best efforts, El Tomba were unable to surprise their superior Brazilian opponents.
Having lost 1-0 in Mendoza a month ago, Mauricio Larriera’s side were facing an uphill task in Porto Alegre but started brightly and pulled a goal back after quarter of an hour thanks to Javier Correa’s sensational dipping volley.
However, the away goal appeared to bring Grêmio to life and a costly handling error by new Godoy Cruz goalkeeper Leonardo Burián allowed Pedro Rocha to tap in a simple equaliser.
The visitors would only need another to take advantage in the tie but as the game went on, Grêmio only took a firmer grip of the game and a stunning counter attack started by defender Geromel, pushed forward by Luan and eventually finished by Pedro Rocha effectively booked a place in the quarter final.
Godoy Cruz never really looked like threatening and the home side were able to see out the 90 minutes in relative comfort meaning a clash against either Nacional or Botafogo awaits for Grêmio.