Due to the first leg finishing 2-2 last week in Mexico, León needed a win or a multi-goal (3-3+) draw to win this Round of 16 tie. León had not won any of their previous three meetings with the Bolivians in this competition, and this second leg took place in the altitude of La Paz, which is difficult for any away team to play in.
Nevertheless, the visitors took the lead early on. In just the 5th minute, Fernando Navarro pounced on a poorly cleared ball and sent a cross in from the right. Franco Arizala was perfectly positioned to get a head on the ball, and Romel Quiñónez was unable to react in time to keep the header out. León went up 0-1 on the night and 2-3 on aggregate.
But the lead wouldn’t last past the 35-minute mark. León were unable to properly clear the ball, and William Ferreira headed the ball across the six-yard box for Ronald Eguino, who had lost his marker, to finish at the back post.
The 1-1 (3-3) scoreline put the onus back on León to score again, as Bolívar owned the away goals tiebreaker. The home team seemed content to defend and look for counterattacks, while León took control of the ball and tried to move forward. But for the most part, their possession failed to translate into dangerous chances.
Gustavo Matosas used his substitutions, sending Miguel Sabah, Eisner Loboa, and José María Cardenas on to the field. But the very minute after he made the last of those changes, captain Rafael Márquez rendered them useless.
Márquez, who has a long history of losing his cool, received a straight red card in the 77th minute for executing a flying kick into the back of an opponent. The foul was completely inexplicable and unnecessary, and it destroyed León’s hopes of advancing.
Playing with 10 men and chasing the game in the altitude of La Paz, León were unable to mount a comeback.
Bolívar advances to the quarterfinals, and León bows out of the competition.
Bolívar: Romel Quiñónez, Ronald Eguino, Nelson Cabrera, Luis Gutiérrez, Damir Miranda, Gerardo Yecerotte (Lorgio Álvarez 80′), Walter Flores, José Luis Sánchez, Juan Miguel Callejón (Erwin Saavedra 70′), Juan Carlos Arce (Jaime Arrascaita 93′), William Ferreira.
León: William Yarbrough, Fernando Navarro, Jonny Magallón, Rafael Márquez, Juan José Vázquez, Franco Arizala, Carlos Peña (Eisner Loboa 73′), Luis Montes, Edwin Hernández (José María Cardenas 76′), Mauro Boselli, Matias Britos (Miguel Sabah 60′).