Atletico Mineiro through, Cruzeiro win
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Reigning champions Atletico Mineiro secured their spot in the next stage of the Copa Libertadores after earning a 1-1 draw from their trip to Independiente Santa Fe. Midfielder Guilherme's low shot gave Mineiro an early lead but Independiente drew level just after the hour mark with a superb header from Jefferson Cuero.

The hosts came close several times to snatching a winner but Mineiro goalkeeper Victor was in fine form and ensured his side would return to Brazil with the point they needed to progress through. The result leaves Mineiro with nine points from five games at the top of Group 4, with Zamora second on seven, Santa Fe third on six and Nacional one point further back in fourth spot, with one game remaining.

In Group 5, Mineiro's fellow Brazilian outfit Cruzeiro claimed a crucial 2-0 away win over Universidad de Chile to keep alive their hopes of going through. Bruno Rodrigo headed home Everton Riberio's 15th-minute free-kick to break the deadlock before Samudio doubled the advantage just before half-time when he turned a cross past Johnny Herrera.

There were no more goals in the second half, but both teams finished the match with ten men as Universidad defender Matias Caruzzo and Samudio each received their marching orders in the final six minutes. Cruzeiro remain in third spot but are now two points behind second-placed Universidad and three adrift of leaders Defensor Sporting. Peruvian side Real Garcilaso have only three points and have no chance of going any further.