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Pablo Escobar scored a brace as The Strongest qualified to the Copa Libertadores group stage at the expense of Monarcas Morelia on Tuesday night.
The Paraguayan-born Bolivian scored two late goals in a 2-0(3-1 agg) victory that saw the Mexican side fail to reach the group stage of South America’s most prestigious tournament for the second year in a row.
After drawing 1-1 at the Estadio Morelos last week, a win would confirm Morelia in the next round. But for the Mexicans, the final result was disappointing.
Monarcas hardly looked composed in front of goal but nearly took the lead when Mauro Cejas blasted a shot into the crossbar.
Cejas’ shot may have been Morelia’s only effort as they looked ineffective and flat through the 90 minutes.
The Strongest always looked likelier to take the lead, and four minutes from time, Escobar lashed out a curling effort to put the Bolivians in front.
Three minutes later, Escobar made the lead safe with his second of the game.
The Strongest will face Emelec, Internacional, and Universidad de Chile in group 4 of the group stage.