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Copa Libertadores Wrap: Old Boys into semis

By Football News



Newell's Old Boys reached the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores after an epic penalty shoot-out victory over Boca Juniors on Wednesday.

Following a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the all-Argentine showdown, neither side could break the deadlock at the Old Boys' Estadio Marcelo Alberto Bielsa on Wednesday, despite the sending off of Boca defender Clemente Rodriguez just before the hour mark.

In the end it was Maxi Rodriguez who converted the deciding spot-kick for a 10-9 victory for the home side in the shoot-out.

With the scores at 9-9 after 12 attempts each, Juan Martinez stepped up for Boca for a second time but the substitute saw his effort brilliantly saved by Nahuel Guzman in the Old Boys' goal.

That gave Rodriguez the chance to book the Old Boys a semi-final place, and he made no mistake from the spot to send the crowd into raptures.

Newell's Old Boys will now face either Atletico Mineiro or Tijuana in the last four.

In Wednesday's other match, Paraguayan club Olimpia secured their place in the semis thanks to a 2-1 win over Brazilians Fluminense.

The first leg in Brazil finished goalless last week, but a brace from Juan Manuel Salgueiro lifted Olimpia to a 2-1 victory in the return.

Fluminense had taken control of the tie 10 minutes in when Rhayner scored, but Salguiero scored on the 35-minute mark and again from the penalty spot six minutes later to send his team through.