Copa Libertadores knockout stage is set


With things kicking into high gear in the 2014 Copa Libertadores, the final-16 knockout stage is set and ready to go.

Velez Sarsfield finished with the highest point total in the group stage, giving the Argentinian club a matchup with Paraguay’s Nacional, who barely escaped their group by one point over Venezuela’s Zamora.

Two Mexican clubs, Santos Laguna and Leon, made it to the final stage.

Santos won their group by a single point over Argentina’s Arsenal, and Leon beat out Brazil’s Flamengo for a second-place finish in their group. Santos drew Lanus out of Argentina, while Leon will match up with group-winner Bolivar.

Despite winning their group, Santos is required to host the first leg instead of the typical second leg per CONMEBOL’s rule that second legs must always take place in South America.

With a look at the individual matchups, broke down the most interesting scenarios:

“Argentinian clubs vs Brazilians are always interesting; the Gremio vs San Lorenzo match will be heavily contested. Another interesting match up will be Bolivar against Leon since both sides already played each other twice in group play. The Bolivians even managed a shocking win over the Mexican champions in Leon’s Nou Camp.”

For a more comprehensive look at the full draw, check out’s coverage of the 2014 Copa Libertadores.