Friday, 21 May 2010

Copa Libertadores Quarter Final 2nd Leg

Libertad 2-0 Guadalajara
Guadalajara advances on goal difference
São Paulo 2-0 Cruzeiro
São Paulo advances 6-0 on points
Estudiantes 2-1 Internacional
Internacional advances on away goals
Universidad de Chile 1-2 Flamengo
Universidad de Chile advances on away goals

For the second round running Guadalajara nearly made a bad job of defending a three goal first leg lead as they went down to defeat in Asinción. Adalberto Roman put Libertad ahead with twenty minutes on the clock and when Manuel Maciel made it two half way through the second half the Paraguayans were a goal away from penalties. But as in the previous round the Mexicans held on to quailfy for the semi finals. São Paulo eased into the semi finals after a repeat of their 2-0 first leg win. In fact it was the same goalscorers as well but in reverse order. The game though got off to a dramatic start when Cruzeiro's Kléber was sent off in the first minute of the game for an elbow on Richarlyson. Against ten men Cruzeiro's task was nigh on impossible and Hernanes put them ahead after 24 mintues. Dagoberto wrapped things up eight minutes after the break with a delicate lob over Fabio.

The holders Estudiantes were knocked out after dramtic night in Quilmes. It was all going well for Estudiantes as two quick fire first half goals from Leandro González and Enzo Pérez put the home side in the driving seat. Inter were very much second best in the first half but knowing they had to score came out all guns blazing in the second period. Alecsandro was denied by the assistant's flag on the hour, Gonzalo Sorondo should have scored with nine minutes left but with two minutes left the Estudiantes defence cracked and Giuliano won the tie for with a valuable away goal for Internacional. Flamengo are also out after failing to overturn their first leg defecit against Universidad de Chile. Vágner Love put Flamengo up just before half time to level the tie on aggregate but Walter Montillo levelled with 17 minutes to go. Adriano edged Fla ahead with 12 minutes to go, but the three goals conceded last week were haunting Flamengo and they still needed to score again. Frustration set in for the Rubro-Negro and Willians saw red for a second yellow card in the last minute and he was followed by Vágner Love in injury time.

With the rules of the competition São Paulo and Internacional will now face each other in the semi finals. The competition also now takes a break because of the FIFA™ World Cup and the semi final first leg games are scheduled for the week beginning July 26 with the returns a week later. Internacional will host São Paulo in the first leg whilst Universidad de Chile will travel to Guadalajara.

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