Cruzeiro 1 Boca Juniors 1 (1-3 agg): Visitor through to Libertadores SFs

Boca Juniors advanced 3-1 on aggregate following its second-leg stalemate away to Cruzeiro in Belo Horizonte.

Boca Juniors in action against Cruzeiro   -  Getty Images

Boca Juniors sealed its spot in the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores with a 1-1 draw at 10-man Cruzeiro on Thursday.

Argentine giant Boca advanced to the final four 3-1 on aggregate following their second-leg stalemate away to Cruzeiro in Belo Horizonte.

Boca – six-time champion of the South American club competition – was in a strong position after winning the opening leg 2-0 on home soil in Buenos Aires.

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Brazilian host Cruzeiro needed to overturn a two-goal deficit and it managed to pull a goal back approaching the hour-mark when Sassa came off the bench and volleyed the ball powerfully past Agustin Rossi.

Cruzeiro was dealt a blow, however, after Dede was sent off for a second yellow card with nine minutes remaining and Boca extinguished its hopes – Cristian Pavon scoring in the 94th minute. Boca will face Luiz Felipe Scolari's Palmeiras in the Libertadores semifinals.

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