Wednesday's second round of the Copa Libertadores saw a home victory for Barcelona SC (Ecuador) over Palmeiras (Brazil). Also, Jorge Wilstermann (Bolivia) defeated Atletico Mineiro (Brazil).
Both teams performed better than expected, defeating more competitive rivals to obtain favorable results in the highly contested tournament.
Barcelona SC managed to beat Palmeiras with a goal scored by Uruguayan striker, Jonathan Álvez, during the 91 minute of play.
Jorge Wilstermann prevailed over Atletico Mineiro with a goal scored by Gilbert Alvarez in the 41 minute of the first half.
Also on Wednesday night, the Brazilian duel between Atletico Paranaense and Santos resulted in a victory for the latter with a final score of 3-2.
Thursdays match-ups include; Strongest (Bolivia) vs Lanus (Argentina) and Emelec (Ecuador) vs San Lorenzo (Argentina).
The main game will be played when Botafogo take on three-time Copa Libertadores champions Nacional in Uruguay.
Botafogo striker, Roger Rodrigues da Silva, warned that Nacional are a team with plenty of tradition and are “accustomed to competing in Libertadores. Once again we'll play a great opponent. However, we're increasingly aware of our strength. It's not easy to face Botafogo because we'll also give our best effort on the field.”
Copa Libertadores is one of the most renowned soccer tournaments in the world.
Since 1960, teams from across South America compete in different countries to bring home a trophy which pays homage to those who fought the wars of independence against Spanish and Portuguese colonialism on the continent.