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Copa Libertadores Preview: Do-or-die for Corinthians

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 11 May 2015


Corinthians must overturn a two-goal deficit if they are to prolong their Copa Libertadores campaign beyond the round of 16.

Adenor Leonardo Bacchi’s team trail Paraguayan outfit Guarani 2-0 heading into Wednesday’s return leg in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Corinthians conceded two goals in the second half to leave themselves with a mountain to climb in their bid to join Tigres UANL, who are the only team so far to progress past the last-16, in the quarter-finals.

The 2012 champions, however, head into their second leg against Guarani on the back of a 1-0 victory over reigning Brazilian Serie A champions Cruzeiro in the opening round of their domestic league on Sunday.

“I accept any result if the opponent is better than me. It is a football game, it’s not kill or be killed,” Bacchi told reporters.

“Guarani can come here and win. What I ask is the performance of normality. Resume standard to be better than your opponent.”

Fellow Serie A outfit Internacional are in a much better position as they prepare to host Atletico Mineiro in an all-Brazilian affair on Wednesday.

Inter scored two priceless away goals in a 2-2 draw at Mineiro last week.

Twice Inter took a lead, and twice they were pegged back by Mineiro in an entertaining first-leg battle.

Since leaving Belo Horizonte with the tie balanced in their favour, a second-string Inter team were swept aside 3-0 by Atletico PR on Sunday.

“The Libertadores is the ultimate dream. Everyone wants to advance,” Inter coach Diego Aguirre said.

“We do not neglect the Brasileirao [Brazilian Serie A] but the priority is Wednesday. We took a risk. It [the defeat to Atletico PR] happened.”

Brazilian giants Sao Paulo are also in action on Wednesday, travelling to Cruzeiro with a 1-0 lead.

River Plate, Emelec and Estudiantes all take leads into their second-leg matches.

Thursday will see River make the trip to bitter Argentine rivals Boca Juniors following last week’s hard-fought 1-0 victory on home soil.

Ecuadorian side Emelec face Atletico Nacional in Colombia on Thursday, with the former leading 2-0.

Estudiantes of Argentina hold a slender 2-1 advantage over Colombia’s Santa Fe heading into Tuesday’s showdown.

Meanwhile, Racing Club host Wanderers on Thursday with the tie poised at 1-1.


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