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12:30 SAST | 14 Sep 2018

Copa Libertadores quarterfinals LIVE on Kwesé

The Copa Libertadores is South America’s answer to the UEFA Champions League. Top clubs from countries like Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and Colombia compete for continental glory. The football is of the highest quality and the crowds can be insane. Passions run high when South Americans get behind their teams, as anyone who watched Maradona support Argentina at Russia 2018 can testify.

We’re into the quarterfinals of the competition. It works on the same principle as the UEFA Champions League: two legs (home and away); away goal rule applies. This season Argentina and Brazil have somewhat dominated proceedings, with four of the eight quarterfinalists from those two countries.

Colo-Colo of Chile are the odd man out and are indeed the only Chilean team ever to have won the competition, having lifted the trophy back in 1991. They will look to give Paraguayan striker Lucas Barrios as many opportunities as possible. Barrios goes by the nickname La Pantera (The Panther), a moniker he earned for his predatory instincts on attack.

Colo-Colo are up against Palmeiras of Brazil, who also have one Copa Libertadores title to their name (1999).

Copa Libertadores Quarterfinals: Colo-Colo vs Palmeiras (Kwesé Sports 1, 21 September at 2:30 CAT)

Argentina and Brazil are old football rivals. So much so that Brazil fans cheered for the Germans when Argentina played them in the final of the 2014 World Cup. Brazil had been beaten 7-1 by Germany in the semi-final, but the last thing they wanted to see was Argentina lifting the trophy. In the end Germany won that final 1-0.

In terms of Copa Libertadores honours, Argentine clubs have won the competition a total of 24 times, versus 18 for Brazil, including last season’s win by Gremio. The reigning champions face Atletico Tucuman, a team situated in northern Argentina.

Copa Libertadores QF: Atletico Tucuman vs Gremio (KS1, 19 September at 2:30 CAT)

Argentina’s Independiente, or El Rojo (The Red) as the club is affectionately known, have won a record seven Copa Libertadores titles. With talismanic striker Emmanuel Gigliotti in top form, who would bet against them picking up an eighth? Standing in their way is River Plate, another iconic Argentine side. Expect a derby atmosphere of feverish sporting passion as these old rivals meet.

Copa Libertadores QF: Independiente vs River Plate (KS1, 20 September at 0:30 CAT)

River Plate enjoy a fabled rivalry with another Buenos Aires based side, Boca Juniors, once the football home of the great Maradona. Now ex-Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez plays for them. But Tevez is not quite the athlete he once was and will most probably operate off the bench. They host Brazil side Cruzeiro in the first leg of this quarterfinal.

Copa Libertadores QF: Boca Juniors vs Cruzeiro (KS1, 20 September at 2:30 CAT)

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