Barcelona from Ecuador and Fluminense from Brazil jThey will play the last game of the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals, which already has three semi-finalists, all Brazilian: Atlético Mineiro, Palmeiras and Flamengo.
For the first time in the 61-year history of the tournament, there will be three teams from the same country in the semis. The Guayaquil team will seek to avoid making four, something unthinkable years ago.
The single elimination semifinal format was used between 1960 and 1965 and then from 1988 (in 1968, 1969 and 1970 as well). There were always at least two countries represented.
The first time there were two teams from the same league was in 1962, with Nacional and Peñarol from Uruguay. The following year Brazil succeeded with Santos and Botafogo. In 1965 it was Argentina’s turn, with Independiente and Boca Juniors.
On ten occasions there were two Argentine representatives (something that happened in the four editions prior to this one) and 13 times there were two Brazilians, not counting the current one. Uruguay did it twice (1962 and 1969) and Colombia once, in 2003.
Ecuador seeks to reach the semifinals (in direct elimination format) of the Libertadores for the eighth time in its history. Barcelona was the one that did it the most, 4 times. Liga de Quito, Emelec and Independiente del Valle each arrived once.