Last week’s 2-0 win in Córdoba had put Talleres in the driving seat as they travelled to Morumbí for the second leg with South American giants São Paulo and despite the three-time winners needing to attack, La T’s defence stood firm and held out for a victorious goalless draw.
In truth, São Paulo never looked much like overturning the first leg deficit and when Diego Souza headed wide the one clear chance of the first half there was already a sense that the Tricolor had wasted their best opportunity.
Juan Komar, Nahuel Tenaglia and Enzo Díaz were superb in the Talleres back three with tireless performances in front from the likes of Tomás Pochettino and old warhorse Pablo Guiñazú to ensure that for São Paulo there was no easy way through.
Goalkeeper Guido Herrera happy for most of the game to simply help run the clock down was forced to make a close range block from youngster Helinho after half time but when Everton was shown a red card for a boot to the face of Enzo Díaz slim hopes of any late drama were all but extinguished.
Substitute Nenê did pull one back only to be immediately denied by the linesman’s flag and with it São Paulo limped out of this year’s Copa Libertadores just as they did in the previous two Copa Sudamericanas to Argentine opposition.
Talleres have only played once before in the Copa Libertadores group stage and now just have a tie with Chilean club Palestino to book a return.
— CONMEBOL Libertadores (@Libertadores) February 14, 2019