Nacional Face Tiny Palestino In Copa Libertadores First Round, Second Leg

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Palestino, from Chile, won the first leg 1-0 with a goal from Diego Rosende.

National will seek to turn the tie around in Uruguay tonight and qualify for Group 5 of the Copa Libertadores in the process.

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The Uruguayan’s stadium, Gran Parque Central, will be empty after a CONMEBOL ban on supporters of Nacional following incidents that occurred between fans in a recent match against Newell’s Old Boys.

After a 37-year absence, the Chilean side Palestino is finally back fighting for a place in the Copa Libertadores. With their victory 1-0 in the first leg, the Chileans would progress with a draw.

At this stage last season, Nacional started with a 1-0 away defeat against Oriente Petrolero, but in the second leg in Montevideo they won 2-0, thus ensuring their ticket to the group stage. Fans will be hopeful of a repeat tonight.

The winners will join a group that contains Boca Juniors (ARG), Zamora (VEN), and Montevideo Wanderers (URU).

At home against Chilean teams, Nacional have an impressive record, with 10 wins, 2 draws and only 3 defeats in 15 games. Their defeats came against Cobreloa (2-1, 1981), Union Espanola (1-0, 1994), and Colo Colo (3-1, 1997).

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