Copa Libertadores: Boca Juniors cruise past Libertad to quarter finals (VIDEO)


The scoreline doesn’t perhaps reflect the large parts of the tie that Libertad made things uncomfortable and Guillermo Barros Schelotto will likely not be happy with some of his side’s defending but Boca Juniors did more than enough to keep the Paraguayans at arms length and seal a place in the Copa Libertadores quarter final.

After a 2-0 win in La Bombonera, Boca always just had a little too much and were able to simply produce a few moments of quality to ensure a convincing 6-2 aggregate victory in Asunción.

Libertad had come so close to taking an away goal from the first leg and ultimately left themselves a mountain to climb without one but did manage to grab Boca’s attention with an early goal in the Estadio Defensores del Chaco.

A Paolo Goltz error allowed veteran striker Oscar Cardozo to slot in the opener after eleven minutes but Boca’s reaction was swift and it instantly killed off any hope the home side may have had.

Darío Benedetto, making his return from a long injury lay-off, dashed in behind from Mauro Zárate’s clipped pass over the top, the striker’s touch took it around goalkeeper Rodrigo Muñoz and Cristian Pavón was on hand to roll the ball in.

The equaliser and the away goal had been a critical blow to Libertad’s dream of a comeback but minutes later another scooped pass in behind found Zárate and his unerring finish put the tie to bed.

Cardozo equalised on the night from the penalty spot after Leonardo Jara was adjudged to have pulled down Matías Espinoza but it still left Libertad needing three unanswered goals.

That didn’t prevent the home side pushing forward but Boca were now cruising and another quick-fire double made victory all the more emphatic.

Carlos Tevez came off the bench to fire in unmarked from close range before Edwin Cardona added a fourth with a delicate panenka penalty.

Boca will now face Cruzeiro in the quarter final and despite the lop-sided scoreline over Libertad, Barros Schelotto will know that his side must improve.

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