Universidad Católica 3-2 Colón
Universidad Católica advances 5-3 on penalty shootout
Emelec 2-1 Newell's Old Boys
Emelec advances 4-1 on points
Drama in Santiago as Universidad Católica made it into Group 8 after a dramtic comeback crowned by success in the penalty competition. Coming into the game trailing by a goal after the first leg in Santa Fe, Universidad levelled the tie on aggregate five minutes before the break when David Henríquez found the back of the net. Colón were undeterred and eight minutes after half time they were level on the night and ahead on aggregate when Ivan Moreno y Fabianesi headed home. When Esteben Fuertes convered from the spot three minutes later Colón had a foot in the group stage. Then Salustino Candia got himself sent off and it sparked a comeback. Rodrigo Toloza halved the defecit wiht a cracking free kick and a Juan Morales tap in levelled matters eight minutes from time. With the teams level over both legs the tie went straight to penalties and when Moreno y Fabianesi saw the second Colón penalty saved, Universidad were in the box seat. Universidad remained perfect from the spot and Rodrigo Mannara smashed home the winning spot kick to send Universidad to Flamengo for their opening game of the group stage.
After a goalless draw in Rosario a fortnight ago the odds were stacked against Newell's Old Boys as they faced the altitude of Emelec in their bid to reach the group stages. After a scoreless first half Emelec took the lead with their first attack after half time when Joao Rojas was in the right place to strike home. Newell's fought back and levelled through Hugo Barrientos seven minutes later to leave them in the box seat with the away goal. Emelec were not to be denied and they retook the lead half way through the second half when José Quiñónez fired home from 6 yards out after being left unmarked. Elemec now go into Group 5 alongside Deportivo Quito, Internacional and Cerro
The opening group stage matches will be reviewed tomorrow