Highlights: 2011 Copa Libertadores - qualification phase

Copa Libertadores 2011 kicked off on 25 January with a 2-0 win for Copa Sudamericana 2010 champions Independiente against Deportivo Quito of Ecuador. Matías Defederico who made his return to Argentina after an unsuccessful stint with brazilian side Corinthians scored on his competitive debut to make it 1-0 and Patricio Rodríguez bagged another to give the Argentine side a healthy 2-0 advantage going into the return leg which they lost 1-0 earning them a place in group 8 with Peñarol, LDU Quito and Libertadores debutants Godoy Cruz.

Jaguares of Mexico comfortably won both legs of their qualification playoff against Peruvian side Alianza Lima by 2-0 on both occasions. They will join holders Internacional, Emelec and Jorge Wilstermann in group 6.

Ronaldo's Corinthians team crashed out against Colombian side Deportes Tolima. Having drawn their home tie 0-0 the Brazilians lost their return leg in Colombia 2-0. However Brazilian Libertadores heavyweights Grêmio claimed their place in the group stages by beating Uruguayan minnows Liverpool de Montevideo 3-1 in a rocking Estadio Olimpico after a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Montevideo last week.

Chilean side Unión Española earned a creditable 0-1 away win against Bolivian side Bolívar in the high altitude city of La Paz and ensured progress to the group stage with a 0-0 draw. Paraguayan side Cerro Porteño who got the pick of the draw against Deportivo Petare of Venezuela, but they could only manage a 1-0 home win in theie home leg setting up a tense second leg back in Caracas, but they made it through thanks to a goal from Roberto Nanni.

Independiente (Arg) 2-0 Deportivo Quito (Ecu)
Deportivo Quito (Ecu) 1-0 Independiente (Arg)
Winner: Independiente

Alianza Lima (Per) 0-2 Jaguares (Mex)
Jaguares (Mex) 2-0 Alianza Lima (Per)
Winner: Jaguares

Corinthians (Bra) 0-0 Deportes Tolima (Col)
Deportes Tolima (Col) 2-0 Corinthians (Bra)
Winner: Deportes Tolima

Liverpool (Uru) 2-2 Grêmio (Bra)
Grêmio (Bra) 3-1 Liverpool (Uru)
Winner: Grêmio

Cerro Porteño (Par) 1-0 Deportivo Petare (Ven)
Deportivo Petare (Ven) 1-1 Cerro Porteño (Par)
Winner: ?

Bolívar (Bol) 0-1 Unión Española (Chi)
Unión Española (Chi) 0-0 Bolívar (Bol)
Winner: Unión Española

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