Friday, 23 April 2010

Copa Libertadores 2nd Phase - Week 10

Group 1

Cerro Porteño 0-0 Racing Club
Corinthians 1-0 Independiente Medellín

Corinthians qualified for the last 16 as the Number 1 seed after a 1-0 victory over Independiente at the Pacembeu. The only goal came half way through the first half when Juan Valencia scored into his own goal to hand Corinthians the win. Racing Club, needing a big win to have any chance of progressing into the last 16 were held to a goalless draw by Cerro Porteño in Asunción. It meant that despite finishing as runners up in the group they were eliminated from the competition.

Final Standings

1. (Q) Corinthians 16pts
2. Racing Club 8pts
3. Independiente Medellín 6pts
4. Cerro Porteño 2pts

Group 2

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

São Paulo secured top spot in the group after leapfrogging Once Caldas after victory at the Morumbi. Only one goal separated the sides and that came from Fernandinho five minutes before the break. Once Caldas though, still qualified for the round of 16 despite the result. In the other game Club Nacional picked up their first win of the campaign after a 2-0 win over Monterrey in Asunción. Club Nacional got off to a flyer thanks to a fourth minute goal from Aldo Paniagua and Guillermo Beltran wrapped things up half way through the second half.

Final Standings

1. (Q) São Paulo 13pts
2. (Q) Once Caldas 11pts
3. Monterrey 6pts
4. Club Nacional 3pts

Group 3
Estudiantes 1-0 Alianza Lima
Bolívar 2-0 Juan Aurich

Holders Estudiantes qualifed for the Round of 16 in dramatic fashion as a late late goal from Seba Veron five minutes into injury time gave them a 1-0 win over Alianza Lima and top spot in group 3. Alianza needing only a draw to progress as group leaders looked to have secured their place at the top of the group despite having Walter Vílchez sent off as the three minutes of injury time was about to expire. From the resulting free kick Alianza concded a penalty. The pressure was on Veron and his penalty was saved but he was on hand to put in the rebound to give Estudiantes the win and top spot in the group. Bolívar picked up their first win of the campaign against Juan Aurich. Walter Flores put Bolívar ahead 30 minutes from time and Alex Da Rose wrapped things up from the spot four minutes from time.

Final Standings

1. (Q) Estudiantes 13pts
2. (Q) Alianza Lima 12pts
3. Juan Aurich 6pts
4. Bolívar 4pts

Group 5

Internacional 3-0 Deportivo Quito
Cerro 0-0 Emelec

Internacional claimed top spot in the group, reprieved Flamengo and eliminated Deportivo Quito from the competition after a 3-0 win in Porto Alegre. Inter got off to a great start when Andrezinho put them ahead with only four minutes on the clock. That result would have seen both teams qualify as it stood but Bolívar doubled Inter's lead on the hour. Deportivo were now heading out of the competition and needed to score, Edu was sent off for Inter a minute from time but Deportivo conceded a goal in the third minute of injury time to Giuliano to send them out. In the other game in Montevideo, there were no goals between Cerro and Emelec but two red cards. Sebastian Suárez went first for Cerro 14 minutes from time and he was followed by Elemec's David Quiroz four minutes later.

Final Standings

1. (Q) Internacional 12pts
2. Deportivo Quito 10pts
3. Cerro 8pts
4. Emelec 2pts

Group 6

Nacional 2-0 Morelia
Banfield 4-1 Deportivo Cuenca

Nacional ensured their qualification as leaders of group 6 with a 2-0 win over a Morelia side that many had high hopes for before the start of the competition. Mario Regueiro put Nacional ahead with only three minutes on the clock and Mauricio Pereyra made it safe for the Uruguayans twelve minutes from time. Banfield will also be in the last 16 after a strong second half show saw off Deportivo Cuenca. After a scoreless first hald Banfield took the lead three minutes into the second half through Ruben Ramírez and he doubled the lead twenty minutes later. Gabriel Mendez pulled one back for Deportivo but Walter Erviti restored the two goal lead three mintues from time and Christian Luccethi wrapped things up from the spot in injury time.

Final Standings

1. (Q) Nacional 12pts
2. (Q) Banfield 11pts
3. Morelia 5pts
4. Deportivo Cuenca 4pts

Group 8

Universidad de Chile 0-0 Universidad Católica
Flamengo 3-2 Caracas FC

No goals in Santiago as already confirmed group winner Univerdiad de Chile played out a draw with fellow countrymen Universidad Católica. Católica finished with 10 men after a late sending off for Damien Díaz. Flamengo scraped into the last 16 of the competition after victory over Caracas FC. Caracas stunned the Maracanã when Rafael Castellin put them ahead after fourteen minutes but the Flamengo response was almost immediate and brutal. Ronaldo Angelim levelled three minutes later and Michael put Flamengo in the lead two minutes later. It should have set the platform for Flamengo to push on but Jesus Goméz levelled for Caracas half way through the second half. Flamengo pushed forward again and took the lead fifteen minutes from time through David but results went their way and they finished just inside the qualification zone.

Final Standings

1. (Q) Universidad de Chile 12pts
2. (Q) Flamengo 8pts
3. Universidad Católica 7pts
4. Caracas FC 2pts

So that's the group stage done and dusted. How it works in the Libertadores is the teams are ranked according to their records in the group stage. So the group winners are seeded 1-8 and the runners up, plus this years invitees San Luís and Guadalajara, are seeded 9-16. The lowest seeded team plays the home leg first in all circumstances. Therefore the draw for the last 16 looks like this, with the seedings in brackets. The First Legs are scheduled for next week, with the returns the following week but these are subject to change.

(1) Corinthinans v (16) Flamengo
(2) São Paulo v (15) Universitario
(3) Estudiantes v (14) San Luís
(4) Vélez Sársfield v (13) Guadalajara
(5) Libertad v (12) Once Caldas
(6) Internacional v (11) Banfield
(7) Nacional v (10) Cruzeiro
(8) Universidad de Chile v (9) Alianza Lima

Leading scorers at the end of the Group Stage

Kléber (Cruzeiro) 7
Luis Tejada (Juan Aurich) 6
José Carlos Fernández (Alianza Lima) 5
Rodolfo Gamarra (Libertad) 5
Washington (São Paulo) 5
Mauro Boselli (Estudiantes) 4
Hernán Rodrigo López (Vélez Sársfield) 4
Juan José Morales (Universidad Católica) 4
Mario Regueiro (Nacional) 4
James Rodríguez (Banfield) 4
Thiago Ribeiro (Cruzeiro) 4

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