Argentinian giants Independiente qualified for the Copa Sudamericana's third stage after eliminating compatriots Argentinos Juniors 2-1 on aggregate.
Independiente had won the first leg at home 1-0 meaning the 1-1 draw was enough to seal a ticket to the next round and give some breathing space to coach Daniel Garnero, who is receiving tough criticism for the team's poor performance in the domestic league.
Argentinos Juniors were bright early on but keeper Adrian Gabbarini stopped almost all their chances. They could break his resistance only from the penalty spot, when Nestor Ortigoza scored in the 33rd minute. After the break Independiente offered more battle in midfield and were rewarded when Leandro Gracian equalised.
"The first half was very tough for us; they dominated us, they controlled the game and we couldn't get the ball. But in the second half we improved and we deserved to qualify," Garnero said.
"We had bad games, we can't say anything about those. But there were other games where we created several goal chances and we couldn't win it. That prevents you to boost the team, and every group needs a boost to rise. This tie hopefully will be that."
Meanwhile, in Bolivia, Universitario beat Paraguay's Cerro Porteno 1-0 in the first leg of their second stage tie. Roberto Galindo hit the winner six minutes from the final whistle.