Saturday, 3 April 2010

Copa Libertadores 2nd Phase - Week 7

Group 1

Corinthians 2-1 Cerro Porteño

Corinthians went into pole position in Group 1 after victory over Cerro Porteño. Ronaldo put the Brazilian side ahead 8 minutes before half time and Chicão doubled the lead twenty minuts into the second half. Julio Dos Santos reduced the deficit with 10 minutes to go but Corinthians held on to get into the box seat in the Group to try and ensure qualification for the Round of 16. The defeat all but eliminates Cerro Porteño from the competition.


1. Corinthians 10pts
2. Racing Club 7pts
3. Independiente Medellín 3pts
4. Cerro Porteño 1pt

Group 2

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

No goals in Monterrey as São Paulo edged towards qualification from Group 2. It was a result the eliminated the Mexican side from the competition and made it a two horse race for the one guaranteed qualification spot for the Round of 16 after Once Caldas secured a vital 1-0 home win over Club Nacional. One goal settled the game and it came in the 14th minute from a John Valencia free kick. The result also eliminated the Paraguayan side from the competition.


1. Once Caldas 11pts
2. São Paulo 10pts
3. Monterrey 6pts
4. Club Nacional 0pts

Group 3

Juan Aurich 0-2 Estudiantes

The holders went back to the top of the group after a 2-0 win on the artificial pitch of Juan Aurich. The victory ensures a top 2 finish for Estudiantes but does not yet guarantee qualification. Gaston Fernández put Estudiantes ahead seven minutes after the break and Rodrigo Braña doubled the lead in the 68th minutes. Juan Aurich finished the game with 9 men, Jesus Alvarez went four minutes from time and he was followed by Luis Tejada in injury time. The defeat eliminates Juan Aurich from the competition.


1. Estudiantes P5 10pts
2. Alianza Lima P4 9pts
3. Juan Aurich P5 6pts
4. Bolívar 1pt

Group 4

Libertad 1-1 Lanús

Libertad remain top of Group 4, and two points clear of Lanús after letting a lead slip in Asunción. Adalberto Roman put Libertad ahead with only three minutes of the game gone and then Lanús had Santiago Salcedo sent off for a second yellow card four minutes before the break. The 10 men of Lanús rallied and got a point that kept them in the hunt with 7 minutes to go when Maxi Veláquez levelled. It's tight at the top of this group but Universitario can go top if they defeat Blooming next week.


1. Libertad P5 9pts
2. Universitario P4 8pts
3. Lanús P5 7pts
4. Blooming P4 0pts

Group 5

Internacional 2-0 Cerro
Emelec 0-1 Deportivo Quito

Internacional went top of Group 5 after defeating previous leaders Cerro of Uruguay in Poro Alegre. Both goals came in the second half, Walter Ibáñez was unfortunate to put the ball into his own net to give Inter the lead and Alecsandro finished things off 18 minutes from time. Deportivo Quito put themselves into the frame for qualification after a vital away win at follow Ecuadorian side Emelec. Gabriel Achillier was sent off for Emelec with 11 minutes to go and it looked like the game would end up scoreless but Ivan Hurtado converted a penalty deep in injury time to give Deportivo a vital three points and leave Emelec pointless and out of the competition.


1. Internacional 8pts
2. Cerro 7pts +1GD
3. Deportivo Quito 7pts 0GD
4. Emelec 0pts

Group 6

Morelia 1-1 Banfield

Much fancied Morelia now need a minor miracle to make the round of 16 after a last gasp equaliser gave Banfield a point in Mexico. Both teams had been reduced to 10 men before Jared Borgetti put Morelia ahead 12 minutes from time and it looked like that was going to be enough but Maxi Laso grabbed a dramatic equaliser two minutes into injury time to give Banfield a point.


1. Nacional P4 8pts +3GD
2. Banfield P5 8pts +2GD
3. Morelia P5 5pts
4. Deportivo Cuenca P4 3pts

Group 7

Cruzeiro 3-0 Vélez Sársfield

Cruzeiro avenged their opening week defeat at Vélez with a comfortable victory in Belo Horizonte. Thiago Ribiero put last years runners up ahead after 33 minutes. Vélez were then hit with a quick fire double from Kléber at the start of the second half as Cruzeiro went top on goal difference from Vélez. It's now between Cruzeiro and Vélez for the top two spots in the group.


1. Cruzeiro P5 10pts +6GD
2. Vélez Sársfield P5 10pts +1GD
3. Colo Colo P4 4pts
4. Deportivo Italia P4 1pt

Next week.....

Deportivo Italia v Colo Colo
Universitario v Blooming
Deportivo Cuenca v Nacional
Flamengo v Universidad de Chile
Independiente Medellín v Cerro Porteño
Alianza Lima v Bolívar

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