Friday, 6 August 2010

Copa Libertadores Semi Final 2nd Legs

Universidad de Chile 0-2 CD Guadalajara
CD Guadalajara advances 4-1 on points
São Paulo 2-1 Internacional
Internacional advances on the away goal rules

A shock in Santiago as "La U" crashed to defeat against Guadalajara as the Mexican club qualified for the final of the Copa Libertadores following in the footsteps of Cruz Azul in 2001. "La U" goalkeeper Miguel Pinto was at fault for the first goal, he lost the ball and Xavier Baez was on hand to finish halfway through the first half. That levelled the away goal count in the tie and forced the Chilean side onto the offensive as Juan Manuel Oliveira and Rafael Olarra rattled the woodwork. Guadalajara doubled their lead ten minutes after the break as Pinto couldn't handle a José Magallón shot and he bundled in the rebound. It left "La U" 35 minutes to score three goals to progress, Victorino had a header cleared off the line but that was as close as they came to breaking the resolute Guadalajara defence.

With a Mexican team in the final it meant that the winner of the second semi final between São Paulo and Internacional would represent CONMEBOL at the FIFA World Club Championship no matter what happened in the final. São Paulo came into the second leg a goal down but levelled the tie on aggregate when Alex Silva headed home with half an hour on the clock after a shocker from Inter keeper Renan. With the tie poised as the game went into the second half the decisive moment came seven minutes after the break when Alecsandro deflected a free kick past Rogério Ceni. It left São Paulo needing to score twice to progress and two minutes later the went ahead on the night when Ricardo Oliveira fired home to level the tie on aggregate. Inter though, had the away goal and as São Paulo piled the pressure on they were reduced to ten men 11 minutes from time when Tinga went for a second yellow card. Internacional held on and qualified for their first final since 2006 with the added bonus of being guaranteed their place in FIFA World Club Championships, the first leg takes place in Mexico next week.

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