Ecuadorean soccer club Independiente del Valle qualified for the second round of the inter-continental Copa Libertadores de America for the first time after a hard fought 0-0 draw Thursday night with Chilean side Colo Colo in Santiago.
Over 30,000 people filled Colo Colo’s Estadio Monumental, but that wasn't enough to get their team pat a strong Independiente defense, with goalkeeper Librado Azcona pulling off a string of impressive saves throughout the tie.
Colo Colo, who are Chile’s most successful club side and boast a number of players who plied their trade in top European leagues, needed a victory to leap frog Independiente to second place in Group 5 and secure a qualification for the second round of the prestigious competition.
Independiente had a golden opportunity to steal a remarkable win in the closing stages when the ball fell to Jose Angulo in the box, but the young striker fluffed his lines firing at Paraguayan keeper Justo Villar.
Independiente now have a chance to pit their wits in the last 16 and could be entertaining South American giants like Sao Paulo or Boca Juniors, should both teams pass through its group, in its Estadio Municipal Rumiñahui.
The next round will be played over two legs, home and away, and take place on May 3 and May 10.