Friday, 26 February 2010

Copa Libertadores 2nd Phase Week 3

Group 1

Corinthians 2-1 Racing Club

In a week which saw the Big Three from Brazil join the competition, Corinthians begain their campaign with a come from behind win against Racing Club of Uruguay. The visitors were ahead within 60 seconds of the opening whistle, Martin Cauteruccio with a goal to stun last seasons Copa do Brasil winners. It stung the home side into action and ten minute later they were level through Elias. Racing were reduced to ten men when Dario Flores was sent off after 57 minutes but Corinthians, looking to win the competition in the Centenary year, grabbed the winner twenty minutes from time through a second from Elias

Group 2

Monterrey 2-1 Club Nacional
Once Caldas 2-1 São Paulo

Monterrey picked up their first win of the competition after a 2-1 home success over Club Nacional of Paraguay. All to goals came in the second half, Sergio Santana put the home side ahead on the hour only for Herminio Miranda to level from the penalty spot 6 minutes later. The sides were level for only a minute, Osvaldo Martínez grabbing the winner for Monterrey. Once Caldas came from behind to defeat São Paulo. Rogério Ceni put São Paulo ahead from a deflected free kick in the 33rd minute, but Fernando Uribe equalized for Once Caldas five minutes after half time. Dayro Moreno got the winner 18 minutes from time after picking up the ball on half way and evading three challenges before firing the ball into the far corner.

Group 3

Juan Aurich 2-0 Bolívar

After a 5-1 thumping at Estudiantes in their first game, Juan Aurich bounced back to dispose of Bolívar to give them their first win in the competition. Ricardo Ciciliano put Juan Aurich ahead in the 11th minutes and Luis Tejada doubled the lead 8 minutes before half time. Despite having Pedro Ascoy dismissed a couple of minutes later, Juan Aurich held onto their advantage comfortably.

Group 4

Blooming 1-4 Lanús
Universitario 0-0 Libertad

Blooming were all but eliminted as they crashed to their third straight defeat at the hand of Lanús. It started well for the home side when Luiz Carlos put them ahead with 9 minutes on the clock. But Blooming were behind by half time, Sebastian Blanco levelled matters after 24 minutes and when Santiago Salcedo put Lanús ahead six minutes before half time the writing was on the wall. Two goals from Diego Lagos in the second half wrapped up a first victory for Lanús and left them with an outside chance of the last 16. Meanwhile in Lima, nothing to write home about as it finished goalless between Universitario and Libertad. It's a result though that leaves both teams in first and second in the group and with some breathing space ahead on third placed Lanús

Group 5

Internacional 2-1 Emelec

Internacional opened their campaign with a come from behind victory over Emelec of Ecuador in Porto Allegre. David Quiroz put the visitors ahead four minutes after the break but the lead lasted a little over three minute before Nei equalised. The game was heading for a draw but Alecsandro grabbed a winner for Internacional three minutes from time.

Group 6

Morelia 0-0 Nacional

No goals at Morelia as the much fancied Mexicans, well by Tim Vickery anyway, were held to a goalless draw by Nacional of Uruguay. The only major incident of the game came six minutes from time when Miguel Sabah was sent off.

Group 7

Deportivo Italia 0-1 Vélez Sársfield
Cruzeiro 4-1 Colo Colo

Vélez retained their 100% record with victory in Venezuela against Deportivo Italia. The only goal of the game came nine minutes afte the break from Rodrigo López. Cruzeiro bounced back from their opening loss to Vélez to comfotably dispatch a Colo Colo side which finished with only 9 players. Cruzeiro were ahead as early as the 7th minutes when Thiago Ribeiro put them ahead. The teams went into half time level after Esteban Paredes levelled after 37 minutes. Diego Olate was the first Colo Colo player to see red after 57 minutes and 5 minutes later Kléber put Cruzeiro ahead from the spot. Roberto Cereceda then saw red in the 67th minute and Pedro Ken doubled the lead two minutes later. Kléber wrapped things up in the 72nd minute when he converted his second penalty of the game.

Group 8

Flamengo 2-0 Universidad Católica

More red cards at the Maracanã as the Champions of Brazil, Flamengo began their campaign with a 2-0 home win of Universidad Católica of Chile. The quickest red card of the week came after only three minutes for the home sides Willians. It didn't deter Flamengo and they took the lead in the 11th minute through Leo Moura. It was 10 players each by half time when Milovan Mirosevic was sent off for Universidad Católica and Adriano wrapped things up for Flamengo 13 minutes into the second half.

No games next week due to the internationals taking place around the globe. The competition return on March 9th when all 32 teams will be in action through the week.

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