Copa Libertadores Review: Borja brace inspires Scolari's Palmeiras

Miguel Borja scored a second-half brace away from home in Asuncion to put Palmeiras in a strong position on Thursday.

Palmeiras forward Miguel Borja   -  Getty Images

The Copa Libertadores quarterfinals beckon for Palmeiras after Miguel Borja's two-goal haul downed Cerro Porteno 2-0 in the opening leg of its last-16 tie.

Colombia international Borja scored a second-half brace away from home in Asuncion to put Palmeiras in a strong position on Thursday.

With former Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari – who oversaw the club's only Copa Libertadores title in 1999 – back at the helm for a third spell as head coach, Palmeiras drew first blood against the Paraguayan host.

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Borja made the breakthrough two minutes into the second half when he fired the ball past Cerro Porteno goalkeeper Antony Silva from close range.

The 25-year-old forward doubled the lead with 19 minutes remaining after unleashing a low shot beyond Silva. Host Atletico Tucuman was too good for Atletico Nacional, claiming a 2-0 win in Argentina.

Leandro Diaz and Guillermo Acosta were on target to see off the Colombian visitor. Meanwhile, 10-man River Plate held Racing Club to a goalless draw in its all-Argentinian affair.

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