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Copa Libertadores | Group Stage
May 30, 2024 at 1.30am UK
Estadio General Pablo Rojas

Cerro Porteno
1 - 1

Carrizo (35')
Peralta (11'), De Jesus (57')
Benitez (90+10')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Palacios (23' pen.)
Saldivia (17'), Cortes (89'), Benegas (90+1')

Preview: Cerro Porteno vs. Colo-Colo - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Thursday's Copa Libertadores clash between Cerro Porteno and Colo-Colo, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

The final matchday in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores will see Cerro Porteno and Colo-Colo face off at Estadio Ueno La Nueva Olla on Thursday morning.

Only Fluminense have secured their place in the round of 16 from group A while both these sides and bottom-club Alianza Lima are still able to join the Brazilian outfit in the knockout stage.

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Cerro Porteno captain Diego Churin in May 2024© Reuters

Group A has proven to be the most difficult to predict in this competition, and with just one game left to play, Cerro Porteno are currently in second place, albeit in unusual circumstances.

The Paraguayan Primera Division side are not only level with this opponent on five points each, but both also have an identical goal difference, scored the same number of goals overall and in away games, which are the first three tie-breakers in the competition respectively.

Manolo Jimenez's side, therefore, have the advantage in the group standings owing to their superior CONMEBOL ranking of 19th, which is seven places above Colo-Colo in the 26th spot.

El Ciclon lost their Copa Libertadores fixture 2-1 to Fluminense a couple of weeks ago, which extended their current winless run in the competition to three matches. Their only victory to date was against Alianza Lima at home on matchday two.

Still, the hosts are unbeaten at Estadio Ueno La Nueva Olla in the continental tournament but were beaten 1-0 by this opponent when they made the trip to Macul for their opening day fixture at the start of April.

Colo Colo's Leonardo Gil before the match on June 6, 2023© Reuters

While Colo-Colo are currently sat in third in the group, they are still in with a decent chance of progressing to the next round and are entering this match carrying solid momentum.

They earned a commanding 3-0 win over Deportes Iquique over the weekend, where their new signing and former Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal bagged his third goal of the season in nine games before Guillermo Paiva and Marco Bolados got their names on the scoresheets to secure the points.

That result marked Jorge Almiron's side's fourth match unbeaten (W3 D1 L0), with the sole draw in that period coming against Alianza Lima in this competition on matchday five two weeks ago.

Colo-Colo will overtake Cerro Porteno into second place with a victory but they will also be able to move up the rankings with a score-draw as that would give them three away goals in the competition, one more than the Paraguayan side.

However, a draw between these sides in this match will also leave the door open for Alianza Lima, who are just one point behind and can sneak in at the death if they pull off a victory against Fluminense.

Cerro Porteno Copa Libertadores form:

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Team News

Cerro Porteno manager Manolo Jimenez© Reuters

The hosts will remain without the services of central defensive duo Lucas Quintana and Bruno Valdez, both of whom are facing extended periods on the sidelines with cruciate ligament tears.

Midfielder Jorge Morel and striker Wilder Viera Caballero were withdrawn moments after the interval in the side's victory over Tacuary at the weekend, and both players are flagged as doubts for this match.

The visitors will have to make do without Damian Pizarro and Vidal for their midweek trip to Asuncion, with both players currently suspended after being sent off against Alianza Lima last time out.

Cesar Fuentes sustained a cruciate ligament tear back in March and is only expected to return to first-team action in mid-October. Gonzalo Castellani, Leonardo Gil and Bolados are most likely to make up the midfield trio in this one.

Cerro Porteno possible starting lineup:
Jean; Benitez, Baez, Lopez, Arzamendia; Diaz, Piris, Carrizo, Dominguez; Caballero, Churin

Colo-Colo possible starting lineup:
Cortes; Opazo, Saldivia, Falcon, Weinberg; Gil, Castellani, Bolados, Zavala, Paiva, Palacios

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We say: Cerro Porteno 1-0 Colo-Colo

Both sides come into this match with good recent form, but the hosts have proven very difficult to beat on their home patch of late and are yet to concede at Estadio Ueno La Nueva Olla in this competition.

We are expecting a very evenly contested match-up here and feel that the first goal will likely end up being the winner.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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Group A

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2 Switzerland Switzerland21104
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4 Hungary Hungary20020

Group B

Q Spain Spain22006
2 Italy Italy21013
3 Albania national flag Albania20111
4 Croatia Croatia20111

Group C

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2 Denmark Denmark20202
3 Slovenia Slovenia20202
4 Serbia Serbia20111

Group D

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2 France France21104
3 Austria Austria21013
4 Poland Poland20020

Group E

1 Romania Romania21013
2 Belgium Belgium21013
3 Slovakia Slovakia21013
4 Ukraine Ukraine21013

Group F

Q Portugal Portugal22006
2 Turkey Turkey21013
3 Czech Republic Czech Republic20111
4 Georgia Georgia20111

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