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 By Tim Vickery

Gremio and Barcelona S.C. advance to Copa Libertadores semifinals

Minutes after scoring the goal that would send Barcelona of Guayaquil into the semifinals, Jonathan Alvez saw red.

The first two semifinal places in South America's Copa Libertadores were filled on Wednesday in a night of great tension. A total of three red cards and two goals tell their own story.

Both games were all square from last week's first-leg ties. In Rio de Janeiro, Botafogo and Gremio had drawn 0-0 in an all-Brazilian clash, while fellow Brazilian club Santos had come back from Ecuador with a 1-1 draw against Barcelona of Guayaquil.

That away goal appeared to put Santos in the driving seat. Seeking...

 By Tim Vickery

Bolivia's Jorge Wilstermann seek to soar into Copa Libertadores semifinals

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Jorge Wilstermann's Zenteno celebrates after scoring against Atletico Mineiro.

The team named after a pioneer of Bolivian aviation have flown down to Buenos Aires ahead of the most important 90 minutes in their history.

Jorge Wilstermann, from the city of Cochabamba, are one more dogged defensive performance away from making it through to the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores, South America's Champions League. In last week's quarterfinal first leg, they thrashed Argentine giants River Plate by the astonishing margin of 3-0.

Thursday's rematch will be tougher. At home,...

 By Tim Vickery

Copa darlings Wilstermann take big step toward semifinals with victory

Gilbert Alvarez, center, notched Wilstermann's second goal against River Plate as they defended their home field with flair.

The Copa Libertadores lacks the thrilling quality of a Barcelona, a Real Madrid or a PSG. But South America's Champions League equivalent retains the capacity to surprise, to throw up wonderful, unpredictable stories.

Last year's shock team were little Independiente del Valle of Ecuador, who went all the way to the final, beating Buenos Aires giants Boca Juniors home and away in the process. They first caught the continent's attention in the first knockout round, when they squeezed past Boca's great...

 By Tim Vickery

South America's Champions League, the Copa Libertadores, picks up pace

Bolivian side Wilstermann weren't expected to get to the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals and hope to continue their journey by defeating River Plate.

Some three and a half months have passed since the group phase came to an end and the Copa Libertadores field was whittled down to 16 teams. Since then there has only been one more round.

Eight teams remain. By next Thursday there will only be four, and come the end of November the continent will have its champion, just in time to go to the Arab Emirates and take part in the Club World Cup.

By pure coincidence, there is a delightful symmetry about the quarterfinals. Argentina and Brazil each provide...

 By Tim Vickery

San Lorenzo, Botafogo, Santos move into Copa Libertadores quarterfinals

San Lorenzo goalkeeper Nicolas Gaston Navarro stops a penalty kick on Thursday to help his club advance.

The possibility of an all Argentina-Brazil last eight of the Copa Libertadores was avoided on Wednesday, when two Brazilian teams fell to Jorge Wilstermann of Bolivia and Barcelona of Ecuador, respectively. Then, on Thursday, Barcelona's local rivals from the city of Guayaquil, Emelec, came very close to springing a third surprise.

Emelec had gone down 1-0 at home to San Lorenzo of Argentina in last month's first leg. But in Buenos Aires they won by the same scoreline, taking the tie to a shootout....