Reigning Copa Libertadores champions Internacional secured their berth into the last 16 thanks to a 2-0 win over Ecuador's Emelec. The final matchday in Group 6 saw Internacional joined by Jaguares of Mexico in the knockout stage while Emelec and Bolivian side Wilstermann were eliminated.
Rafael Sobis opened the scoring for Internacional five minutes after the interval. Andres D'Alessandro crossed the ball to Leandro Damiao, who headed it on for Sobis, who then nodded past Javier Klimowicz. With seven minutes to go, Leandro Damiao doubled the lead for the Brazilian hosts after Klimowicz failed to hold a Pablo Guinazu shot.
Despite the win, D'Alessandro has warned his team-mates they will need to improve. "We have to celebrate the qualification. It was very tough. The team can still improve," he said. "If we want to keep dreaming, we must keep working. We fixed some things during the interval and we managed to win the match."
Internacional lost only one of the six games they played in Group 6 and collected 13 points, leaving them four ahead of Jaguares. The Mexican side progressed despite a 2-1 away loss to Wilstermann.
A seventh-minute strike by Julio Frias put Jaguares ahead, but he was sent off at the 50th minute after a clash with Wilstermann goalkeeper Mauro Machado. The home side was then able to respond and Fabio Lima headed a Nicolas Torres cross into the back of the net to equalise with 13 minutes to go.
Five minutes later, Torres slotted home a Juan-Carlos Ojeda cross to give the Bolivian team their first win in the tournament.
Once Caldas claim victory
In Group 1, Paraguayan giants Libertad and Colombia's Once Caldas have made it into the last 16. First-half goals by Jorge Gonzalez and Nicolas Pavlovich gave Gregorio Perez's Libertad a 2-0 home win over Mexico's San Luis. Meanwhile in Peru, visitors Once Caldas claimed their very first win in this year's Libertadores as they defeated hosts Universidad San Martin 2-0.
Wason Renteria put Once Caldas ahead in the 16th minute with a left-footed shot before Matias Mirabaje sealed the win with a 74th minute free-kick. Universidad's disappointing day then got worse as Adan Balbin and Orlando Contreras were sent off in the closing minutes.
Once Caldas forward Dayro Moreno told Fox Sports: "We are very, very happy. The coaching staff and the players have had humility and sacrifice and it helped us progress in the tournament."
Libertad topped the group with 14 points, seven more than Once Caldas, while San Martin and San Luis were eliminated.