Friday, 12 March 2010

Copa Libertadores 2nd Phase Week 4

Group 1

Racing Club 2-1 Cerro Porteño
Independiente Medellín 1-1 Corinthians

Racing Club picked up their first win of the competition after a 2-1 success over Cerro Porteño in Montevideo. Mathias Mirabaje put Racing ahead after 20 minutes and Martin Cauteruccio doubled the lead 20 minutes from time. Cerro Porteño then had Javier Villareal sent off 12 minutes from time but the 10 men ensured a nervy finish after pulling a goal back through Luis Caceres six minutes from time. Corinthians went top of Group 1 after coming from behind to get a point in Medellín. Cesar Valoyes put the home side ahead with only 14 minutes to go but Denthino claimed a point for Corinthians five minutes from time.


1. Corinthians 4pts
2. Racing Club 3pts
3. Independiente Medellín 2pts
4. Cerro Porteño 1pt

Group 2

Once Caldas 1-1 Monterrey
Club Nacional 0-2 São Paulo

Once Caldas opened up a three point lead at the top of Group 2 after a 1-1 draw with 9 men Monterrey on Wednesday. The Mexicans took the lead on the half hour through Hector Morales, a lead they took into half time. Jesus Zavala was the first to see red, 12 minutes into the second half and Once Caldas immediately took advantage with a strike from John Valencia. Gerado Galindo was the second Monterrey player to see red, seven minutes from time. The night after São Paulo reduced Once's lead to a point after a comfortable victory in Asunción against Club Nacional. After being the first half hero at the weekend against Ponte Preta, this time Washington left it until the second half to grab his brace. The first came on the hour and the second was a tap in as injury time began.


1. Once Caldas 7pts
2. São Paulo 6pts
3. Monterrey 4pts
4. Club Nacional 0pts

Group 3

Bolívar 0-0 Estudiantes
Alianza Lima 2-0 Juan Aurich

The holders continue to struggle in the comptition after an uninspiring goalless draw against Bolívar. It leaves Estudiantes 5 points behind Alianza Lima, who picked up their third straight win with a victory over fellow Peruvians Juan Aurich. José Fernández put Alianza ahead four minutes before half time and Giancarlo Tragodara wrapped things up half way through the second half.


1. Alianza Lima 9pts
2. Estudiantes 4pts +1GD
3. Juan Aurich 4pts -4GD
4. Bolívar 1pt

Group 4

There were no fixtures in Group 4 this week.


1. Libertad 7pts +6GD
2. Universitario 7pts +3GD
3. Lanús 3pts
4. Blooming 0pts

Group 5

Emelec 1-2 Cerro
Deportivo Quito 1-1 Internacional

Cerro went top of Group 5 after making it two from two with a marvellous win at Emelec. Pablo Caballero put the visitors ahead six minutes into the second half and Claudio Dadómo stunned the home crowd when he doubled the lead half way through the half. Pablo Pérez halved the defecit for Emelec with twenty minutes to go but the Uruguayans hung on for victory. Down the road in Quito it was honours even between Deportivo and Internacional. Tilson Minda put Deportivo ahead after 33 minutes but Giuliano levelled for Inter five minutes before half time to put them second in the group. Inter were thankful to goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri who made a remarkable double save late doors.


1. Cerro 6pts
2. Internacional 4pts
3. Deportivo Quito 1pt
4. Emelec 0pts

Group 6

Nacional 2-2 Banfield
Deportivo Cuenca 2-0 Morelia

An entertaining first half in Montevideo saw the spoils shared between Nacional and Banfield. Gustavo Varela put the home side ahead in the 5th minute but they were pegged back in the 18th minutes by James Rodriguez. Rodriguez then doubled his tally from the spot 9 minutes from half time but Mario Regueiro levelled four minutes later. Despite Nacional's second half effort, Banfield seemed content to take the point back across the River Plate. Morelia sucummed to the altitude of Cuenca as they went down consecutive away defeats. Gabriel Mendez put Deportivo ahead on the hour and Luis Escalada finished things eight minutes from time. The game finished 10 a-side, Mario Moreno going first for Morelia with 4 minutes to go and he was followed a minute later by Giancarlo Ramos.


1. Banfield 7pts
2. Nacional 5pts
3. Deportivo Cuenca 3pts
4. Morelia 1pt

Group 7

Deportivo Italia 2-2 Cruzeiro

An entertianing game in Caracas saw Cruzeiro get a point against Deportivo Italia. A result that wasn't much use for either side. The home side took the lead with 11 minutes on the clock when Ricardo Blanco scored, but Cruzeiro were level by half time thanks to Kléber's leveller after 27 minutes. A second from Kléber five minutes into the second half edged Cruzeiro ahead but they were pegged back by an equaliser from David McIntosh. Kléber was then sent off 4 minutes from time but was followed by Deportivo's Rafael Lobo two minutes later.


1. Vélez Sársfield 6pts P2
2. Cruzeiro 4pts P3
3. Colo Colo 3pts P2
4. Deportivo Italia 1pt P3

Group 8

Universidad Católica 2-2 Universidad de Chile
Caracas FC 1-3 Flamengo

The clash between the two Chilean clubs saw the visitors Universidad de Chile strike late to claim a point at Universidad Católica. Universidad de Chile took the lead in the 19th minute through Juan Olivera but Matias Rubio levelled matters two minutes later. Francisco Silva then put Universidad Católica ahead twenty minutes from time but Edson Puch grabbed a levelled two minutes into injury time. A 10 man Adriano less Flamengo made it two from two after victory over Caracas FC. Vagner Love put Flamengo ahead from the spot after Giovanni Romero had handled Dejan Petkovic's goal bound shot. Flamengo's Toró was then sent off for a second bookable offence 8 minutes into the second half and Rafael Castellin levelled for Caracas 20 minutes into the second half. A second from Vagner Love 15 mintues from time restored Flamengo's advantage and substitute Rodrigo Alvim wrapped things up in injury time as Caracas chased the game


1. Flamengo 6pts
2. Universidad de Chile 4pts
3. Universidad Católica 1pt
4. Caracas FC 0pts

Next weeks fixtures

Banfield v Nacional, G6
Colo Colo v Vélez Sársfield, G7
Juan Aurich v Alianza Lima, G3
Morelia v Deportivo Cuenca, G6
Cerro Porteño v Corinthians, G1
Caracas FC v Universidad Católica, G8
Universidad de Chile v Flamengo, G8
Monterrey v Once Caldas, G2
São Paulo v Club Nacional, G2
Cerro v Internacional, G5
Independiente Medellín v Racing Club, G1

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