Flamengo stunned as Emelec progress
Jose Luis Quinonez scored in the third minute of injury time to secure Ecuadorian side Emelec's place in the last 16 of the Copa Libertadores with a 3-2 win victory at Olimpia, which eliminated Brazilian giants Flamengo.
The Guayaquil-based side did not start their battle for second place in Group 2 in a strong way as they went a goal down after Walter Castorino scored on the stroke of half-time. But they reacted after half-time and went ahead thanks to goals from Marcos Mondaini and Luis Mena.
In the second minute of injury time, forward Pablo Zeballos made it 2-2, a scoreline which meant Flamengo only needed a victory over Argentinian side Lanus in Rio to advance.
They easily achieved their side of the equation too, winning 3-0 through goals from Wellinton, Deivid and Luiz Antonio. However, in the last move of the game in Paraguay, Quinonez headed home a corner from Enner Valencia to seal Emelec their place in the last 16.
The few Emelec supporters in Paraguay went wild, while silence reigned among the Flamengo fans in Rio. "I can't believe this. This will be remembered in the history of the Copa Libertadores," Emelec coach Marcelo Fleitas said. "The boys showed they are warriors. They lifted Ecuadorian football in a very high place."
Lanus ended at the top of the pool with ten points, one more than Emelec and two ahead of a shocked Flamengo.
Meanwhile, Paraguayan side Libertad ended top of Group 5 as they came from a goal behind to defeat Alianza Lima 2-1 in Peru. The hosts went ahead through Cristopher Hurtado, but Nestor Camacho and Jose Nunez secured the victory for Jorge Burruchaga's side.
Vasco da Gama also made their way through to the last 16 with a 1-0 defeat of Uruguayan giants Nacional in Montevideo. Diego Souza scored the only goal of the match. Both Libertad and Vasco ended with 13 points, but the Paraguayans had the better goal difference.
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