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Copa Libertadores: Split Paths For Liga MX Teams

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JoseŽ Cardozo coach of Toluca argues with the referees after the match between Toluca and Sao Paulo as part of the Copa Bridgestone Libertadores 2016 at Nemesio Diez Stadium on May 04, 2016 in Toluca, Mexico.

Pumas and Toluca both finished off in first place in their Copa Libertadores groups, and their first knockout games were set. However, the two Liga MX teams had different outcomes after the two legs, leaving one to represent the region.

Take a look at how they faired…

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Toluca vs São Paulo (3-5 aggregate)

Toluca, despite finishing first in their group, did not have any favors going their way to start the round of 16. They had the difficult task to go down to São Paulo and try to salvage some points on the road. Yet, that did not pan out for Toluca. São Paulo (Brazil) put a smackdown on Toluca, scoring a total of four goals, while Toluca doing nothing on offense.


Toluca were able to save their image a bit with their own 3-1 victory at home against São Paulo, but it just wasn’t enough. An early second half goal put the comeback in the dirt for the Mexican club. Though there were some controversial calls in the first half, primarily a penalty no-call, Toluca just were unable to handle the club from Brazil.

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São Paulo advances and will play another Brazilian foe in Atlético Mineiro

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Pumas vs Deportivo Táchira (2-1 aggregate)

Pumas did not start this series off on a good note against the Venezuelan club Deportivo Táchira. On the road, Pumas were unable to find any offense, and Táchira took advantage by scoring a huge goal against Pumas. The 0-1 loss did not bode well for Pumas, but there was still hope coming home for the second leg.

Pumas were in need of a major goal in the second leg, and they got it. A 12th minute score by Eduardo Herrera gave Pumas the 1-1 tie on aggregate. Now, any road goal for Táchira would make things ver difficult for Pumas, but they were too dominant in their house.

Pumas got their second goal in the 80th minute, and it was enough to send them through to the quarterfinals of the tournament. They will now represent the league against Independiente del Valle (Ecuador). It’s a tall order for Pumas, because Independiente took out reigning champs River Plate (Argentina).

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