Atlético Tucumán continue to be the surprise team of the CONMEBOL Libertadores. In their first-ever appearance in the last 16, they beat two-time champions Atlético Nacional 2-0 and will go into the return leg in Medellín with great hope of making it through to the quarter finals.
Leandro Díaz, after taking advantage of a mistake from goalkeeper Monetti, and Guillermo Acosta hit the Decano's goals on an unforgettable night for fans in San Miguel de Tucumán.
The José Fierro was packed to the rafters for the occasion, and Atlético fed off the passion of their fans to take a result that leaves them with great hope for the tournament. Seven minutes into the game an error from Argentine goalkeeper Fernando Monetti allowed Leandro Díaz to open the scoring and make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Atlético went into half time with that narrow lead to defend, and were able to control the game against an opponent that was a shadow of the team that won the Libertadores two years ago. Guillermo Acosta made the result safe 20 minutes from the end by pushing the ball into the net following a shot that rebounded off the crossbar.
The second leg will be played on Tuesday, August 28 in Atlético Nacional's Estadio Atanasio Girardot. The Colombians will look to bounce back against the surprise of this year's Libertadores, with the winner set to face either Gremio or Estudiantes in the quarters.