Boca Juniors were able to seal a semi-final place in the Copa Libertadores after a 1-1 draw with Cruzeiro in the second leg match. The first leg meeting between the two clubs finished as a 2-0 victory after goals from Mauro Zarate and Pablo Perez. The red card for Dede in the closing stages of the match was a key factor in deciding this outcome. As a result, Cruzeiro were under a lot of pressure in order to get a positive result in the second leg.
Luiz Felipe Scolari has a lot of experience when it comes to winning the Copa Libertadores and Boca Juniors know that they will be in for a tough game against the Brazilian outfit. It is also crucial that Palmeiras have been in excellent form and the team last suffered a defeat back in the middle of September. They are also top of their domestic league and it gives them crucial opportunities to rest key players ahead of the match. The first leg of the Copa Libertadores meeting will be towards the end of October followed by the return leg at Allianz Parque.