Buenos Aires: Argentina’s Boca Juniors progressed to the Copa Libertadores semi-finals with a thrilling 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Nacional of Uruguay.
After a 1-1 draw in last week’s quarter-final first leg in Montevideo, the visitors went ahead in the 21st minute at the Bombonera stadium via a Daniel Diaz own goal here on Thursday, reports Xinhua.
Cristian Pavon equalised in the 73rd minute, but jubilation turned to disbelief for the hosts when the striker was shown a second yellow card for excessively celebrating his goal.
Nacional failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage as 10-man Boca forced the match into penalties.
With the shootout tied at 3-3, Nacional’s teenage midfielder Felipe Carballo shot straight at goalkeeper Agustin Orion.
Federico Carrizo then stepped up to coolly convert his spotkick and send the home side’s fans into frenzy.
Boca are aiming to win the Copa Libertadores – Latin America’s premier club trophy – for a seventh time, a feat that would see them equal compatriots Independiente with the most titles.