Copa Libertadores 2013: Start Time, Preview for Olimpia vs Atletico Mineiro

Ryan DavenportContributor IJuly 17, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Ronaldinho of Brazil on the ball during the International friendly between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium on February 6, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Tonight, one of the most anticipated football matches of the season will take place as Olimpia gets set to host Atletico Mineiro for the first leg of the 2013 Copa Libertadores final. 

The two teams will be playing for South American club supremacy, so the tensions will be high on the pitch in Asuncion when the two teams take the field. 

Here's all the information you need to know in preparation for tonight's match. 


When: Wednesday, July 17, 8:30 p.m. ET

WhereEstadio Manuel Ferreira, Asuncion, Paraguay

Watch: Fox Deportes 


Players to Watch

Diego Tardelli, Atletico Mineiro

Tied for the tournament lead in goals with teammate Jo with six markers, Diego Tardelli will certainly present Olimpia's back line with a daunting challenge. 

Despite his success throughout the competition, Tardelli hasn't scored since the quarterfinal round, so now would be an opportune time for him to break out. 

With his speed up front, Tardelli is capable of making a difference at a moment's notice, so Olimpia's defense will have to be aware of him from the opening kickoff, especially when Ronaldinho has the ball on his foot.


Juan Manuel Salgueiro, Olimpia 

For the home side, Juan Manuel Salgueiro will be an important veteran presence, as the 30-year-old will be gunning for his second Copa Libertadores title. 

As one of the tournament's leading scorers with five goals, Salgueiro will be counted on to produce, especially against a squad that has had no trouble scoring goals this season. 

If he doesn't create offensive opportunities, and the team's other weapons don't pick up the slack, Olimpia will have a difficult time keeping up with the opposition. 


Prediction: Atletico Mineiro 2, Olimpia 1 

Behind Tardelli, Jo and Ronaldinho, the visitors will generate enough quality offensive chances to outpace Olimpia, who don't have the same level of speed and skill up front as the Brazilian side.

Atletico Mineiro will edge Olimpia in the first leg and head home with an opportunity to take the title on aggregate.