Pumas of Mexico and Ecuador's Independiente del Valle will meet this Tuesday to define the last spot in the semifinals.
Last Tuesday in the first leg of their quarterfinal series, the 'Rayados' defeated Pumas 2-1 in the Olimpico Atahualpa stadium in Quito.
Independiente del Valle is in its third Libertadores -three consecutively-, in the previous two they didn't get out of the group stage (2014).
Pumas are also playing in their third Libertadores: they reached the round of 16 once (2003) and in the other crashed out in the group round (2006).
The match will be played starting at 7:45 pm local time (00h45 GMT Wednesday) at the Olimpica Universitario Stadium in Mexico City with capacity for 52,000 spectators.
The Peruvian referees assigned to the match are Victor Carrillo, Braulio Cornejo and Victor Ráez.
Probable starting teams:
Pumas: Alejandro Palacios, Marcelo Alatorre, Gerardo Alcoba, Darío Verón, Luis Fuentes, Alejandro Castro, Javier Cortés, Ismael Sosa, Luis Quiñones, Matías Britos, Eduardo Herrera. Coach: Guillermo Vázquez.
Independiente del Valle: Librado Azcona, Christian Núñez, Arturo Mina, Luis Caicedo, Luis Ayala, Julio Angulo, Dixon Arroyo, Bryan Cabezas, Jefferson Orejuela, Junior Sornoza, José Angulo. coach:Pablo Repetto.
Pumas - Independiente del Valle
The only official confrontation was last Tuesday where Independiente del Valle won 2-1.
11 matches (7-1-3)
Have won four games in this editioin: Emelec 4-2, Deportivo Táchira 4-1, Olimpia 4-1 and Deportivo Táchira 2-0.
The aforementioned win over Emelec was the only time they hosted an Ecuadorian team for Conmebol.
Mexican teams have never lost at home against Ecuadorian clubs in 16 matches played, with 13 wins and 3 draws.
The only times they did not win were: América 1 – Liga de Quito 1 (Libertadores 2008), Chivas 1 – Deportivo Quito 1 (Libertadores 2012) and Toluca 1 – Barcelona 1 (Libertadores 2013).
Independiente del Valle home
This will be their 10th match: 2-1-6.
In the 2016 edition they won one (Melgar 1-0), tied one (Colo Colo 0-0) and lost the remaining two (Atletico Mineiro 1-0 and River Plate 1-0).
For the first time in its history they will play in Mexico.
Referee – Víctor Carrillo
43 matches at the Copa Libertadores.
Five in this current edition: Santa Fe 3 – Oriente Petrolero 0, Nacional 0 – River Plate de Montevideo 0, Boca Juniors 3 – Bolívar 1, River Plate 4 – Trujillanos 3 and Gremio 0 – Rosario Central 1.
Has never called a Pumas nor an Independiente del Valle match.
This will be his fourth match in Mexico for Conmebol, all at the Copa Libertadores: Chivas 1 – Caracas 0 (2009), Cruz Azul 4 – Nacional de Asunción 1 (2012) and Tijuana 1 – Corinthians 0 (2013).
Statistics: Eduardo Bolaños/conmebol.com