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Corinthians' early exit shows the unpredictability of the Copa Libertadores

Corinthians, who made it to the round of 16 last season, couldn't even survive the second qualifying round of the Copa Libertadores this campaign.

The big guns of Europe prepare for battle next week when the knockout phase of the Champions League gets underway. The world's best will be on show -- but for all the quality, the competition comes under some fire for being increasingly predictable, dominated by a handful of super clubs.

In South America, meanwhile, the equivalent tournament, the Copa Libertadores, is still in its qualifying rounds -- and a giant has already fallen. At the first hurdle, 2012 champions Corinthians of Brazil were...

 By Tim Vickery

Copa Libertadores qualifiers usually a launchpad for unfancied sides

The winner of the Atletico Junior-Guarani qualifier could be a sleeper in the Copa Libertadores.

The big guns of Europe are fighting for places in the closing rounds of the Champions League. Across the Atlantic, the South American equivalent is at a very different stage.

The Copa Libertadores is currently halfway through the third and final qualifying round. Eight teams are vying for the four remaining slots in the group phase, which kicks off in 10 days with a full complement of 32 clubs from the continent's 10 countries.

In Europe, these early stages are largely irrelevant to the destiny...