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De­clared win­ners of last year’s Su­damer­i­cana Cup af­ter that tragic air crash on their way to the Fi­nal, Chapecoense’s de­fence of their ti­tle ended meekly.

They failed to reach the quar­ter­fi­nals af­ter an em­phatic 4-0 loss to fel­low Brazil­ian side Fla­mengo, who now meet lo­cal ri­vals Flu­mi­nense, who needed a late away goal to creep past LDU of Ecuador and gain re­venge af­ter los­ing the Fi­nal of the 2008 Lib­er­ta­dores and the 2009 Su­damer­i­cana to the same op­po­si­tion.

Their half of the draw is com­pleted by an­other Brazil­ian team, Sport of Re­cife, who pro­duced the lat­est in a string of backs-to-the-wall per­for­mances to see off com­pa­tri­ots Ponte Preta. Their next op­po­nents are Ju­nior of Colom­bia, who showed their ex­ten­sive at­tack­ing re­sources in a 3-1 sec­ond-leg win over Cerro Porteno of Paraguay.

There was Paraguayan suc­cess over Colom­bia else­where as Lib­er­tad saw off Santa Fe 2-1 on ag­gre­gate, while com­pa­tri­ots Na­cional did won­der­fully well to beat Es­tu­di­antes of Ar­gentina both home and away.

Both Paraguayan sides now face Ar­gen­tinian op­po­si­tion. Na­cional will play In­de­pen­di­ente, who put an end to a lively first year’s in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for com­pa­tri­ots Atletico Tu­cuman, while Lib­er­tad are up against Rac­ing, who pro­duced two dis­ci­plined dis­plays to elim­i­nate Brazil­ian league lead­ers Corinthi­ans.

Out... Chapecoense (in white) lost to Fla­mengo

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