SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilians are grumbling about their clubs' worst performance in the Copa Libertadores in more than 20 years, and the end of the country's streak of four straight titles.
Cruzeiro was the only Brazilian club left in Latin America's biggest club tournament until it was eliminated by San Lorenzo of Argentina in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
At least one Brazilian club had made it to the semifinals every year since 1992. Brazilian teams made it to the final nine straight times.
San Lorenzo, known for having Pope Francis as an avid supporter, can give Argentina its first Copa Libertadores title since Estudiantes beat Cruzeiro in the 2009 final.
San Lorenzo advanced past Cruzeiro 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday.
More than 45,000 Cruzeiro fans packed Mineirao Stadium to try to push the team through, but it needed two more goals to stay alive.
"We fought until the end but it just wasn't enough to keep us in the tournament," Cruzeiro goalkeeper Fabio said. "It's a shame. We'll have to try again next time. The Copa Libertadores isn't easy to anybody."
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