Copa Libertadores 2020
BY CHRIS DINSDALE
The Copa Libertadores, South America’s premier club competition enters the knock-out stages. The Last 16 draw pits defending champions Flamengo against Argentina’s Racing. Elsewhere ties of the round include 6-time champions Boca Juniors against 2-time winners Internacional, competition heavyweight River Plate against Athletico Paranaense, and Santos taking on LDU Quito. The matches begin November 24-26.
Teams from Argentina and Brazil are traditionally dominant in the tournament, sharing 44 of 60 titles between them since 1960. Flamengo of Brazil are the reigning continental champions following their victory over Argentina’s Boca Juniors in 2019, when a new single-match final format was established.
The final in January 2021 will be hosted at Brazil’s iconic Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, the fourth time the stadium has hosted the showpiece event.