Friday, 14 May 2010

Copa Libertadores quarter-finals, first leg

Guadalajara 3-0 Libertad
Flamengo 2-3 Universidad de Chile
Cruzeiro 0-2 São Paulo
Internacional 1-0 Estudiantes

Guadalajara's impressive home for continued with second 3-0 home victory, this time against Libertad of Paraguay. Omar Bravo put the Mexican side ahead after only nine minutes and Ricardo Vazquez doubled the lead on the half hour. Libertad went in search of an away goal to give them some hope but were caught with ten minutes to go when a second from Bravo put the tie beyond doubt. Flamengo suffered a second defeat of the competition as their hopes of reaching the semi final too a sever blow at the Maranana. Defender Mauricio Victorino put Universidad ahead with only four minutes on the clock and it was another defender, Rafael Orra who doubled the lead twenty minutes later. Adriano pulled a goal back six minutes before the break and Flamengo got a big break when Manuel Iturra was dismissed on the stroke of half time. But Universidad stunned the Flamengo faithful, when the ten men restored their two goal lead through Alvaro Fernandez two minutes into the second half. Universidad were happy with their lead and set about defending their lead, Flamengo threw the kitchen sink and the rest at the Chileans and finally pulled a goal back a minute from time through Juan but Universidad take an advantage back to Santiago next week.

São Paulo took a crucial lead in the all-Brazil clash after a 2-0 victory over Cruzeiro in the Minerão. Dagoberto put São Paulo ahead half way through the first half and Hernanes doubled the lead twenty minutes into the second half. It's a long way back into the tie for Cruzeiro as they chase back to back finals. Inter will take a narrow advantage to La Plata next week after 1-0 victory over holders Estudiantes in Porto Alegre. A game where chances were few and far between the hosts snatched victory two minutes from time when full back Gonzalo Sorondo finally got the breakthrough. Estudiantes will though, fancy their chances of overturning the deficit in the second leg.

The return legs take place next week.

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