Boca Juniors sealed their spot in the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores with a 1-1 draw at 10-man Cruzeiro on Thursday.
Argentine giants Boca advanced to the final four 3-1 on aggregate following their second-leg stalemate away to Cruzeiro in Belo Horizonte.
Boca – six-time champions of the South American club competition – were in a strong position after winning the opening leg 2-0 on home soil in Buenos Aires.
Brazilian hosts Cruzeiro needed to overturn a two-goal deficit and they managed to pull a goal back approaching the hour-mark when Sassa came off the bench and volleyed the ball powerfully past Agustin Rossi.
Así fue el gol de @96Kichan para meter a Boca en semifinales de @Libertadores. #QueremosLaCopa pic.twitter.com/yaTTKy8li9
— Planeta Boca Juniors (@PlanetaBoca) October 5, 2018
Cruzeiro were dealt a blow, however, after Dede was sent off for a second yellow card with nine minutes remaining and Boca extinguished their hopes with Cristian Pavon scoring in the 94th minute.
Boca will face Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Palmeiras in the Libertadores semi-finals.