Atletico Mineiro won 2-1 over Sao Paulo on Wednesday in Belo Horizonte (southeastern Brazil), but it was not enough as the 'Tricolor' are semifinalists for the first time in 6 years thanks to their 1-0 win in the first leg.
Cazares (6) and then Carlos (11) restored the hope of the 'Galo' that they could list the trophy again that they won for the first time in 2013.
But three minutes later Maicon made it 2-1 for Sao Paulo, whose opponent in the semifinals will be either Rosario Central or Atletico Nacional.
Atlético Mineiro (BRA) - Sao Paulo (BRA) 2 - 1 (2-1)
Stadium: Independencia (Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
Referee: Andrés Cunha. Assistants: Carlos Pastorino and Horacio Ferreiro (Uruguay).
Atlético Mineiro: Cazares (6), Carlos (11)
Sao Paulo: Maicon (14)
Atlético Mineiro: Eduardo (45+1), Leandro Donizete (68), Leonardo Silva (72)
Sao Paulo: Maicon (39), Michel Bastos (25), Kelvin (88)
Atlético Mineiro: Leandro Donizete (90+4)
Atlético Mineiro: Victor - M. Rocha, Leo Silva, Erazo, Douglas Santos - Leandro Donizete, Eduardo (Dátolo, 84), Patric (Clayton, 69), Cazares - Carlos (Carlos Eduardo, 46) and Lucas Pratto. Coach: Diego Aguirre.
Sao Paulo: Denis - Bruno, Maicon, Rodrigo Caio, Mena - Hudson, Thiago Mendes (Wesley, 69) - Kelvin, Ganso, Michel Bastos (Matheus Reis, 77)- Calleri (Alan Kardec, 87). Coach: Edgardo Bauza.
Text and photo: AFP