As Vélez Sarsfield and Boca Juniors fans won’t have failed to notice, last week saw the conclusions of the ties in the 2012 Copa Libertadores quarter-finals. There were mixed fortunes for Argentina’s two remaining sides; Vélez went out on penalties to holders Santos after a heroically backs-to-the-wall performance in Brazil saw them surrender their first leg lead to draw 1-1 on aggregate, whilst Boca Juniors’ late on-the-night equaliser from Santiago Silva saw them through 2-1 on aggregate against Fluminense. Boca will meet Universidad de Chile in one semi-final, whilst the other is an all-Brazilian affair between Corinthians and Santos. You can read my thoughts on the semi-final lineup for ESPNSoccernet here.

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