Copa Libertadores 2013: Tigre advance to the group stage for first time in their history (video)

Tuesday night saw the second leg of Tigre’s Copa Libertadores qualifying tie against Deportivo Anzoátegui of Venezuela, and with last year’s beaten Copa Sudamericana finalists having won the first leg 2-1 in Victoria last week, an early goal from Rubén Botta put them well and truly in the driving seat. Second half strikes from Federico Santander and Ezequiel Maggiolo completed the job for a 3-0 win on the night; 5-1 on aggregate. For the first time in their history, Tigre are in the group stages of South America’s biggest club competition. The goals are right here.

Tigre go into Group 2 of the Libertadores second phase, alongside Peruvian side Sporting Cristal, Brazilians Palmeiras (who qualified for the Copa via the Copa Brasil last year, in spite of being relegated to the second tier), and Paraguayan giants Libertad. With Boca Juniors, Vélez Sarsfield, Newell’s Old Boys and Arsenal de Sarandí already in the group stages, Tigre’s advancement ensures Argentina will have a full hand of sides in the competition proper.

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