ATLANTA - JULY 28: Oscar Rojas #4 of Club America kicks the ball away from Wayne Bridge #3 of Manchester City during the 2010 Aaron's International Soccer Challenge match at Georgia Dome on July 28 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Fresh off a 3-1 win in domestic competition, Club America will look to book their ticket to the next round of the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday when they face Uruguay's Nacional de Montevideo.
The team from Mexico is leading the way in the group and a draw would be enough to book them a place in the knockout stage of Copa Libertadores. A loss, combined with results from the other group game, is also an option but not the safest, as America would be left waiting and hoping that Argentinos Juniors do not get a win against Brazil's Fluminense.
Nacional de Montevideo is sitting in third place behind Argentions Juniors due to the goal difference, a win for them could see them onto the next round but a loss or a tie could very well be the end for the Uruguayan squad.
With all matches being played simultaneously and all four teams in the group having a chance to make it to the final 16, these are games you will not want to miss.
During the weekend both teams, Club America and Nacional de Uruguay, had domestic matches. Club America earned a 3-1 away win at Estudiantes Tecos, while Nacional lost to River Plate (Uruguay). Both are very good and experienced teams, and each club is well positioned in both international and domestic competition. Both also depend only on themselves for advancement into the knockout round, where they will look to lift the trophy of the continent's biggest club football competition.
The Centenario de Montevideo, home of Nacional, is no easy place to play, however, Nacional has lost one match there this season and Club America will look to take advantage of that while earning their first away win in the competition.
A win for Club America does not seem far out of the equation and perhaps the mental plus of knowing a draw gets them through will be a booster. However, America cannot afford to go into Uruguay underestimating their opponent and aiming for a tie. Club America will be looking to make it out of the group stage for the seventh time, and they have never failed to advance to the knockout round. A win or a draw is all they need, but in front of them is a Uruguayan squad just as hungry for success.
The 50,000 plus roaring fans at the Centenario de Montevideo stadium will make the mission for Club America tough, yet not impossible. Nacional has lost points once at home in the Libertadores this season, and the Aguilas will look to get out of there with at least a draw to earn qualification. A win for Nacional sees them through out of the group stage and leaves Club America depending on the results from the Argentions vs Fluminense match.
All ingredients are there, and you can be sure that we will see two fantastic matches and two well deserved winners of this group.