Friday, 7 May 2010

Copa Libertadores Round of 16 2nd Legs

Vélez Sársfield 2-0 Guadalajara
Guadalajara advances on goal difference
São Paulo 0-0 Universitario
São Paulo advances 3-1 on penalty competition
Estudiantes 3-1 San Luis
Estudiantes advances 6-0 on points
Corinthians 2-1 Flamengo
Flamengo advances on away goals
Nacional 0-3 Cruzeiro
Cruzeiro advances 6-0 on points
Internacional 2-0 Banfield
Internacional advances on away goals
Universidad de Chile 2-2 Alianza Lima
Universidad de Chile advances 4-1 on points
Libertad 2-1 Once Caldas
Libertad advances 4-1 on points

Vélez Sársfield were eliminated after their brave quest to overturn a three goal defecit against Guadalajara failed. They got off to the perfect start when Santiago Silva put them ahead after only three minutes, but resolute defending from the Mexicans frustrated Vélez. They finally broke down Guadalajara a minute from time when Rolando Zarate scored but Guadalajara held on to qualify for the last eight. São Paulo scraped into the last eight after defeating Universitario on penalties after another goalless draw between the two side. Rogério Céni was the São Paulo hero, saving two penalties despite missing his own spot kick and it was Dagoberto who stepped up to score the winning penalty.

Holders Estudiantes qualified after a 3-1 victory over Mexicans San Luis in La Plata. Leandro González put the holders ahead with only four minutes on the clock but three minutes later they were stunned when Diego De La Torre grabbed the equaliser and an away goal. Estudiantes ensured a comfortable progression as Leandro Benítez restored the advantage 6 minutes in the second half an his second four minutes later wrapped things up. Corinthians dream of winning the Libertadores in their Centenary Year is no more after they were knocked out by Flamengo at the Pacembeu. It was all going well for Corinthians as an own goal from David and a second from boyhood Fla fan Ronaldo put them in the driving seat with a two goal half time lead. Flamengo though got the crucial strike four minutes into the second half when Wágner Love pounced and that away goal was enough to put the Champions of Brazil into the last eight.

Last years runner up Cruzeiro comfortably overcame what was a potentially tricky trip to Montevideo with a 3-0 victory on Nacional. Thiago Ribiero put Cruzeiro ahead on the half hour and Diego Renan doubled the lead three mintues after the break. Then came a flurry of red cards, Cruzeiro were reduced to 10 when Leonardo Silva was dismissed on 53 mintues but he was followed by Sebastian Coates a minute later and Gustavo Varela with twenty minutes to go as the home side were reduced to nine. Gilberto put the icing on the Cruzeiro cake with a third 9 minutes from time. Internacional got the required win to take them into the last eight but the away goal scored last week came to their rescue. Alecsandro put Inter ahead four minutes before half time and Walter put them ahead in the tie 13 mintues into the second half. Banfield's James Rodriguez saw red eight minutes from time.

A dramatic finish in Santiago as Universidad de Chile squeezed into the last eight. Leading from the first leg last week the Chileans fell behind to Alianza Lima when Jose Fernández controversially levelled the tie with 24 minutes on the clock. The Peruvians held onto the lead for almost 40 minutes but Eduardo Vargas put Universidad ahead just after the hour. Alianza kept pressing and with three minutes to go they went ahead in the tie on away goals after a second from Fernández but that wasn't the end of it and Universidad stole the tie two minutes into injury time when Felipe Seymour grabbed a goal to level it on the night and send Universidad through. There was also late drama in Asunción as Libertad came from behind to make it into the last eight. After a goalless draw last week Once Caldas grabbed the initiative, and a precious away goal, ten minutes into the second half from Dayro Moreno. Libertad were left needing to score twice and they got a lifeline when Roberto Gamarra converted from the spot with 17 minutes left. It looked like the Colombian side were heading for the last eight but with a minute to go Gamarra got his second of the night, Libertad were into the last eight but there were some unsavoury scenes post game.

The last eight ties are imminent, the first legs take place the week beginning May 10 and the return legs the week beginning May 17. Here is how they line up.

Flamengo v Universidad de Chile
Guadalajara v Libertad
Internacional v Estudiantes
Cruzeiro v São Paulo

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