Palmeiras down Cerro Porteño in Paraguay and go from strength to strength in the Libertadores

Palmeiras won their Copa Libertadores round-of-16 first leg in Asuncion 2-0

Palmeiras enjoyed a perfect night in Asunción's Nueva Olla. The Brazilians prevailed over Cerro Porteño in a 2-0 victory and are the overwhelming favourites to go through after the second leg in Sao Paulo.

Colombian striker Miguel Borja hit both goals for the Brazilian team. The forward has scored Palmeiras' last six strikes in the Libertadores and now has eight in this year's competition, one behind current top scorer, Wilson Morelos of eliminated Independiente Santa Fe.

Thursday evening was particularly poignant for Palmeiras, who welcomed back coach Luiz Felipe Scolari for another spell on the bench. Felipao had led the team to Libertadores glory for the first and only time in their history back in 1999, and took charge of his maiden game with the team last week in the Brasileirao. Coincidentally, the last time Palmeiras beat Cerro Porteño in Paraguay was also 1999, with Scolari as coach.