Argentine side Velez Sarsfield booked a berth in the Copa Libertadores round of 16 with a 3-1 away win over Chile's Deportes Iquique.
Velez consolidated its Group Four lead after defender
Iquique reduced the deficit through
Romero told Fox Sports it was "a very hard match".
He added: "We knew it was a must-win game for us in order to get the qualification so we are very happy with this result.
"We are relaxed in the Copa Libertadores ahead of the last group game because we are already qualified. Now, it is time to focus on the local league."
With only nine minutes to go, Argentine defender
Emelec need a draw against
Penarol, meanwhile, takes on already-eliminated Iquique in
Colombian side Tolima did not feel the effects of altitude as it beat Peru's Real Garcilaso 3-0 at 3300 metres above sea level.
Only goal average places Tolima above Real Garcilaso, with both sides even on seven points.
Colombian side Santa Fe leads Group Six after beating Paraguayan outfit Cerro Porteno 1-0 in
With 15 minutes remaining, Santa Fe defender
Following the defeat Cerro Porteno has no chance to make it into the next round.
Brazilian giant Palmeiras saw off
Caio opened the scoring after 20 minutes, after being set up by Vinicius, and Charles added a second early in the second half.
Palmeiras has collected six points so far, two less than Paraguayan side Libertad and one more than