Boca Juniors clinch Libertadores semi-final spot

Buenos Aires, May 20 (IANS) Argentina’s Boca Juniors progressed to the Copa Libertadores semi-finals with a thrilling 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Nacional of Uruguay.

After a 1-1 draw in last week’s quarter-final first leg in Montevideo, the visitors went ahead in the 21st minute at the Bombonera stadium via a Daniel Diaz own goal here on Thursday, reports Xinhua.

Cristian Pavon equalised in the 73rd minute, but jubilation turned to disbelief for the hosts when the striker was shown a second yellow card for excessively celebrating his goal.

Nacional failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage as 10-man Boca forced the match into penalties.

With the shootout tied at 3-3, Nacional’s teenage midfielder Felipe Carballo shot straight at goalkeeper Agustin Orion.

Federico Carrizo then stepped up to coolly convert his spotkick and send the home side’s fans into a frenzy.

Boca are aiming to win the Copa Libertadores – Latin America’s premier club trophy – for a seventh time, a feat that would see them equal compatriots Independiente with the most titles.



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