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Copa Libertadores – Can Boca, Corinthians handle business to reach knockout stage?

Boca Juniors and Corinthians need to get results this week to advance in Copa Libertadores. Manuel Cortina/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Seven teams have already booked their slot in the knock-out stages of South America’s Copa Libertadores. Another seven have no chance of making progress — meaning that going into the final week of the group phase, eighteen clubs are fighting for the remaining nine places.

The format of the competition changed in 2017. Previously squeezed into the first few months, the action now takes place across the calendar year — ending a little earlier this time because of the World Cup. There is no doubt that the change has benefited the continent’s two biggest leagues. Brazilian teams, especially, and Argentine sides have dominated the competition in the last five years, supplying all the winners and runners-up, and with the exception of Ecuador’s Barcelona last year, all the semifinalists as…

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