Grêmio clinch draw against América de Cali and finish Libertadores group on top

A second half draw between Grêmio and América de Cali at the Arena on Thursday night was tagged as one of the craziest night of Libertadores.
Grêmio x América de Cali - Libertadores 20 - 22/10
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Tricolor conceded an own goal few seconds after Robson missed a penalty in the 53rd minute and suffered for most of the final period of the game. But in the final minutes of the extra time, Diego Souza converted a penalty leveling up the score line and guaranteed group E top spot for his team. With the late goal, América missed out of the tournament next stage. 

In the first half, Grêmio were not at their best and had difficulties holding on to the ball.

Regardless, they still had the most possession in the game. América de Cali could only bet on counter attacks. The first half didn’t have many chances to score from both teams, with the most dangerous move of the game coming from Lucas Silva’s free kick, which was hit close to Graterol’s crossbar. 

In the second half, the game started out promising, but ended in a very short time and in a disappointing manner. Grêmio came back into the game better and they created lot of chances but were unable to convert them. The best chance of the game came from a penalty spot won by Luiz Fernando. But Robinho was unable to convert the chance and put his side in the lead. Few seconds later, Kannemann scored an own goal. 

In the 92nd minuteKannemann received his second yellow card of the game and was sent off, mounting more pressure for his side. But, in the last move of the game, Diego Souza converted a penalty for his side and managed to get a draw, finishing top and dropping América out of the tournament. 

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