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Corinthians' early exit shows the unpredictability of the Copa Libertadores

Corinthians, who made it to the round of 16 last season, couldn't even survive the second qualifying round of the Copa Libertadores this campaign.

The big guns of Europe prepare for battle next week when the knockout phase of the Champions League gets underway. The world's best will be on show -- but for all the quality, the competition comes under some fire for being increasingly predictable, dominated by a handful of super clubs.

In South America, meanwhile, the equivalent tournament, the Copa Libertadores, is still in its qualifying rounds -- and a giant has already fallen. At the first hurdle, 2012 champions Corinthians of Brazil were...