Real Garcilaso, a little-known Peruvian team from the Andean city of Cusco, has produced perhaps one of the biggest upsets in Copa Libertadores history by advancing to the
competition’s quarterfinal round on Thursday. Garcilaso, which was only founded four years ago, lost 1-0 to Uruguayan giant Nacional on the night, but advanced 4-1 on penalties after the series
finished 1-1 on aggregate.
Nacional’s Gonzalo Bueno scored the only goal of the game at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, but Garcilaso held on despite constant pressure from the home side. Former Inter Milan star Alvaro Recoba then set the tone for Nacional in the shootout by missing his spot kick. "We're a new team which people don't take much notice of," coach Freddy Garcia said after the game. "But that type of adversity makes us better. We're a rebellious team."
According to Reuters, Garcilaso was founded by former students of a local university in 2009. The club won its district championship in its first full season, which earned it a place in the Copa Peru in 2011. After winning that tournament, Garcilaso gained promotion to the 2012 national championship, where it would finish second to Sporting Cristal. Due to financial problems in Peru, clubs are started, dissolved, renamed and relocated with bewildering speed; Garcilaso is actually one of four teams in the Peruvian top flight that has been founded since 2000.