Friday, 13 August 2010

Copa Sudamericana Week 2

1st Stage First Leg

Universidad César Vallejo 1-2 Barcelona

Barcelona, the Ecuadorian version, came from a goal down to take an advantage into the second leg against Universidad César Vallejo in Peru last night. César Vallejo went ahead with twenty minutes on the clock, the ball falling kindly to Hector Hurtado who slammed the ball home from the edge of the area. Barcelona were level inside two minutes, a free kick causing confusion in the home sides box and Jefferson Hurtado got the slightest touch to head home. The winner came just beyond the hour, Ricardo Noir latching onto a long ball before beating the keeper to give Barcelona the advantage for the second leg in two weeks.

1st Stage Second Leg

Universidad San Martin 2-1 Deportivo Quito
Universidad San Martín 3–3 Deportivo Quito on points. Universidad San Martín advanced on away goals

Universidad San Martin booked their passage into the second stage of the competition after a come from behind victory over Deportivo Quito. Luis Checa fired Deportivo ahead on the stroke of half time to put the two goals up on aggregate. Universidad got a life line after a soft penalty was awarded with 11 minutes left and Heber Arriola levelled the tie on the night from the spot and in the ensuing meleé Arriola went for the keeper to get the ball back and received his marching orders. The ten men pushed on and two minutes later they went ahead on the night and with away goals in their favour ahead in the tie. The goal was spectacular, the ball bounced high in the area and German Alemmano's bicycle kick found the back of the net to spark huge celebrations. Universidad hung on and they went to the second stage where they have another trip to Ecuador to face Emelec.

2nd Stage First Leg

Vitória 2-0 Palmeiras
Santos 1-3 Avaí

A week after their Copa do Brasil final defeat Vitória got back to business with a 2-0 defeat of Palmeiras, which left the Big Green still searching their first victory under Scolari. Two second half goals gave Vitória an advantage to take back the Pacaembu next week. Ramón cracking free kick put Vitória ahead three minutes into the second half and Neto Coruja's header crucially doubled the advantage two minutes from time. Cup winners Santos made seven changes from their team as they showed the competition is not a priority as they crashed to a 3-1 defeat to an Avaí side making it's debut in the competition. Rudnei fired Avaí ahead after a goalmouth scramble after seventeen minutes and they doubled their lead with 64 minutes on the clock thanks to Vandinho's chip over the goalkeeper. Zé Eduardo pulled a goal back five minutes later for Santos five minutes later but a second from Vandinho restoted Avaí's two goal advantage with fourteen minutes to go.

2nd Stage Second Leg

Atlético Mineiro 1-0 Prudente
Atlético Mineiro advances 4-1 on points
Grêmio 0-2 Goiás
Goiás advances 4-1 on points

Prudente's maiden foray into continental competition came to an abrupt halt at the Ipatingão as Atlético-MG put aside their poor league form to progress to the round of 16. After the dull draw at the Prudentão last week, Prudente were a goal away from putting themselves in control of the tie. The goal though, never game and as the game drifted towards penalties Atlético-MG grabbed a dramatic late winner two minutes into injury time. Ricardinho's strike from the edge of the area sent the few Atlético-MG fans who bothered to turn up home with a smile on their face as they hope to turn their season around. Grêmio's season just goes from bad to worse after a second straight home defeat saw them dumped out of the competition by Goiás. The visitors took the lead with just nine minutes on the clock when Amaral headed home to stun the Olímpico. Grêmio were left chasing the game but couldn't find the equaliser and in the last minute Éverton Santos beat a couple of defenders to fire home and make the tie safe for Goiás. It's a painful defeat for Grêmio, especially with deadly rivals Internacional having one hand on the Libertadores at the moment as well

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