Brazilian trifecta in Copa Sudamericana
Brazilian giants Palmeiras made it into the Copa Sudamericana quarter-finals with a 3-1 home victory over Bolivia's Universitario.
The 1-0 first-leg win in Sucre helped Palmeiras claim a 4-1 aggregate win after a return game that was suspended for 32 minutes due to a power failure at the beginning of the second half.
In the 11th minute, Kleber headed a Gabriel Silva cross into the back of the net to open the score, while Luan headed home another cross by Gabriel Silva in the 28th minute to extend Palmeiras' lead. It was Luan's first goal in Palmeiras shirt.
Damian Cirilo reduced the deficit in the 61st minute with another header, but Danilo - also with his head - made it 3-1 after a Marcos Assuncao free-kick.
Palmeiras' next opponents will be compatriots Atletico Mineiro, who progressed despite a 1-0 defeat at Colombia's Santa Fe. Felix Noguera netted the winner for Santa Fe in the 59th minute, but it was not enough because Atletico had won 2-0 in the first leg thanks to a brace by Obina.
Atletico goalkeeper Renan Ribeiro had mixed feelings about the qualification: "Unfortunately, we gave away a goal. It was not our goal, but we finally qualified, so we are happy for that."
Finally in Uruguay, local giants Penarol managed a 3-2 home win over Goias but lost to the Brazilian side on away goals. Rafael Moura opened the score for Goias in the 16th minute, but Penarol came back and made it 2-1 at half-time thanks to goals by Matias Corujo and Marcelo Sosa.
Goias midfielder Everton Santos came in for Bernardo after the interval but played for only 11 minutes because he was sent off after a tackle on Guillermo Rodriguez. However, Goias managed to equalise through Carlos Alberto at the 76th. Alejandro Martinuccio's goal seven minutes later was in vain for Penarol, who needed one more to progress.
This is the first time Goias have reached the Copa Sudamericana quarter-finals. Their next opponents will be compatriots Avai or Ecuador's Emelec, who won the first leg 2-1.