Copa Libertadores Evaluation: Boca close in on semi-finals, Bruno Henrique brace lifts Flamengo
August 21, 2019
Boca Juniors took a giant step towards the Copa Libertadores semi-finals, although Flamengo beat Internacional on Wednesday.
Runners-up final year, Boca comfortably beat a 10-man LDU Quito three- in the very first leg of their quarter-final in Ecuador.
Boca, with Daniele De Rossi watching from the bench, opened the scoring in the 11th minute, Ramon Abila receiving on the finish of an Alexis Mac Allister pass to make it 1-.
LDU Quito have been dealt a massive blow just prior to half-time as Jefferson Orejuela was sent off for a rash challenge.
Emanuel Reynoso doubled Boca’s lead with a brilliant 25-yard absolutely free-kick, and Kevin Minda was sent off although on the bench for the hosts.
¡Así se patea un tiro libre!
La exquisita definición de Reynoso para el segundo de @BocaJrsOficial ante @LDU_Oficial.
Hacía tres años que #Boca no marcaba de tiro libre en la #Libertadores. pic.twitter.com/yHpx2ApRkw
— CONMEBOL Libertadores (@Libertadores) August 22, 2019
Boca sealed a fine win with nine minutes remaining, Luis Caicedo’s poor defending sooner or later top to the defender scoring an personal target.
If Boca and rivals River Plate, who play Cerro Porteno on Thursday, advance, they will meet in the semi-finals in a rematch of final year’s controversial decider.
In the day’s other game, Bruno Henrique’s late brace saw Flamengo beat Internacional two- at the Maracana.
Henrique tapped in a Gerson pass for the 75th-minute opener prior to creating a fine finish quickly just after to seal Flamengo’s very first-leg victory.