SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian side is sure to play in the next Copa Libertadores final after Grêmio advanced to the quarterfinals Thursday night and joined Palmeiras, Flamengo and Internacional on the same side of the bracket. The other finalist could come from a likely semifinal clash between Argentinian archrivals River Plate and Boca Juniors.
All quarterfinal matches will be played in the last two weeks of August.
Grêmio beat Paraguay’s Libertad 3-0 away and won its Round-of-16 two-game series 5-0 in the aggregate result. The Porto Alegre club of Brazil winger Everton will face Palmeiras, which will be able to field former Chelsea midfielder Ramires for the first time in the South American tournament.
Palmeiras advanced by trashing Argentina’s Godoy Cruz 6-2 in the aggregate result after a 4-0 win at home on Tuesday. The Sao Paulo-based club will play the second leg against Grêmio at home.
The winner will face either Flamengo or Internacional in the semifinals.