This Thursday the last two qualifiers for the group stage of the Copa Libertadores were defined. The 32 teams that will go for the maximum dream, which will begin on April 4, are already known. Here, all the information you need to know. When is the draw? How did the hype come about? And the Argentines?
The last day of Phase 3 left two candidates on the way to enter the final instance of the Cup. Cerro Porteño, led by Facundo Sava, won 2-1 (3-1 global) and eliminated Juan Pablo Vojvoda’s Fortaleza. The goals of the team of Paraguay were scored by the Argentines Claudio Aquino and Federico Carrizo.
At the end of the evening, after a complex match and with important VAR interventions, Huracán ended up losing 1-0 on their visit to Sporting Cristal in Peru: Irven Ávila scored the only goal of the night, at 96′!
The group stage draw
The draw for the groups will take place on Monday, March 27., at the Conmebol headquarters in Paraguay. There, all the qualifiers will already be there and, according to the club ranking that was published at the end of last year (it is defined based on history and performance in the cups), it is known which teams will be the eight seeded teams and the conformation of the different bass drums.
How are the drums made?
Kick drum 1: flamingo, RiverPalmeiras, MouthNational (Uruguay), Paranaense, Independiente del Valle and Olimpia.
Kick drum 2: Libertad (Paraguay), Atlético Nacional, Internacional, Barcelona, racingCorinthians, Colo-Colo and Fluminense.
Drum 3: Bolívar, The Strongest, Melgar, Alianza Lima, Argentine JuniorsMetropolitan, Aucas and Monagas.
Kick drum 4: Liverpool, Deportivo Pereira, Ñublense, PatronageAtlético Mineiro, Independiente Medellín, Sporting Cristal and Cerro Porteño.
The schedule of the Libertadores
The group stage will begin on April 4 and end on June 29.. Then, the round of 16 will take place between July 18 and 27, the quarterfinals will take place between August 22 and 31, the semifinals will take place between September 26 and October 5. The grand finale will be on November 11 at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The dream of the Argentines
There will be five Argentines who will be battling for a place in the round of 16 of the Libertadores. River (2nd general table 2022), Mouth (Champion of the Professional League 2022), racing (1st general table 2022), Argentine Juniors (3rd general table 2022) and Patronage (Champion of the Argentine Cup 2022) will be the representatives of local football.