Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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Moscow will have the global spotlight today but Guadalajara will host a pretty big game as well.
Boca Juniors visits Atlas of Guadalajara with a Copa Libertadores semifinal berth in hand. Boca Juniors led 2-1 late in the first leg a week ago in Argentina before Atlas leveled the match with minutes to spare. The goal was valuable as Atlas now needs only a draw to get through (as long as its not 3-3 or more).
Atlas is not part of the Mexican semifinals, which kick off tonight as Cruz Azul visits San Luis, so Atlas has been entirely focused on Libertadores for more than a week now.
Atlas already beat Boca Juniors in Estadio Jalisco, a 3-1 victory for los zorros during the group stage. A victory would be historic for Atlas. Though a club with a lot of history, Atlas doesn't exactly have much hardware to display on its mantle. Atlas has just one league title, won back in the 1950s, and the club has participated in Copa Libertadores once and reached the quarterfinals. Atlas has played better than most expected throughout this entire tournament and nothing but a complete collapse can keep Atlas from reaching the semifinals.