Friday, 6 November 2009

Copa Sudamericana Quarter Final 2nd Legs

San Lorenzo 0-1 River Plate Montevideo
River advances 7-6 on penalties
Botafogo 1-3 Cerro Porteño
Cerro Porteño advances 6-0 on points
Universidad de Chile 0-1 Fluminense
Fluminense advances 4-1 on points
Liga de Quito 2-1 Vélez Sársfield
Liga de Quito advances 4-1 on points

River Plate of Montevideo secured their place in the semi-finals by beating San Lorenzo on penalties. River Plate won the second leg 1-0 leaving the tie level at 1-1, before sealing a 7-6 shoot-out triumph. San Lorenzo adopted a negative defensive policy, looking to hang on to their 1-0 lead from the first leg, but they fell behind 46 seconds into the second half when Richard Porta made the most of mistake from Kily Gonzalez to slot home the winner. With the tie level after 90 minutes, no extra time of course, the teams went straight to a penalty competition. The decisive miss came from Pablo Pintos, who saw his effort saved by Luciano Dos Santos to send River into the semi final.

At the Engenhão, Cerro Porteño claimed a 3-1 win over a Botafogo side which seemed to have an eye on league survival. Towards the end of the first half Botafogo had a couple of chances to open the scoring and level the tie. Cerro Porteño went in front 11 minutes after the interval, when Jorge Núñez's header found the back of the net. Andre Lima equalised in the 73rd minute but Alessandro left Botafogo down to 10 men two minutes later when he was sent off for a poor challenge on Luis Cardozo. Botafogo needing to score to take the tie to penalties, were sunk when Julio Irrazabal killed the tie off with three minutes remaining and in injury time Luis Caceres hammered the final nail into the coffin.

The Fluminense revival continued as they claimed an impressive win over Universidad de Chile in Santiago. Maicon and Fred missed super chances for Fluminense in the first half before the pair combined for the game's only goal. It came on the hour when Fred headed home Maicon's cross. Fluminense now are two games away from the final and a possible rematch of last years Libertadores final.

Liga de Quito recovered from a goal down to beat Vélez Sársfield. Hernan López put Vélez ahead just before half-time but the high-altitude conditions affected the visitors in the second half and Liga de Quito levelled through Enrique Vera on 68 minutes before Carlos Espinola got the winner 6 minutes later to send last years Libertadores winners into the semi finals.

We can confirm the dates and times for the semi finals of the competition. All kick off times GMT

November 11th Kick off 23.50 Cerro Porteño v Fluminense
November 12th Kick off 23.15 River Plate Montevideo v LDU Quito
November 18th Kick off 23.50 Fluminense v Cerro Porteño
November 19th Kick off 00.15 LDU Quito v River Plate Montevideo

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