Friday, 3 September 2010

Copa Sudamericana Week 5

1st Stage 2nd Leg

Olimpia 1-1 Defensor Sporting
Defensor Sporting advances 4-1 on points
Trujillanos 1-1 Atlético Huila
Atlético Huila advances 4-1 on points
River Plate Montevideo 4-2 Guaraní
3-3 on points, Guaraní advances on away goals
Oriente Petrolero 1-0 Universidad de Chile
Oriente Petrolero advances 4-1 on points

The First Stage finally came to an end this week with the final four remaining second leg ties. With a month between the two legs Defensor Sporting of Uruguay qualified for the second stage. With a two goal lead from the first leg Defensor guaranteed their place in the second stage when they took the lead through Rodrigo Mora five minutes after the break. Olimpia got themselves an equaliser four minutes from time from Juan Ferreyra but it was too little too late and now Defensor will meet Sport Huancayo in the second stage. With a three goal deficit to claw back Trujillanos got off to a great start when they took the lead after some comedy goalkeeping thanks to Ruben García with just three minutes on the clock but Atlético levelled five minutes later through Oscar Rueda as they cruised through to the second stage and a meeting with San José.

In an entertaining game in Montevideo, Guaraní made it through to the second stage despite defeat to River Plate. With a two goal lead from the first leg Guaraní took the lead with just 9 minutes on the clock through Rodrigo Teixeira to give them an away goal and a three goal aggregate cushion. Jonathan Ramírez gave levelled on the night for River but when Joel Benítez put Guaraní ahead again on the night just before the break that seemed to be it. But River came storming back in the latter part of the second half, Jorge Zambrana levelled on the night and when Fernando Correa put River ahead on the night with sixteen minutes to go you could sense something in the air. Correa then levelled the tie on aggregate with four minutes to go River were suddenly a goal away from qualification but Guaraní held on to advance to a clash with Unión San Felipe. Universidad de Chile have managed to get themselves knocked out of both CONMEBOL club competitions in the same month after they fell to defeat to Oriente Petrolero of Bolivia. After letting a two goal first leg lead in the first leg it was all to play for and Oriente Petrolero got off to a great start when they took the lead through Danilo Peinado with just ten minutes on the clock. It turned out to be the only goal of the game as the sheer number of games caught up with "La U" in the Bolivian altitude as they couldn't find the leveller. Oriente Petrolero will now take on Deportes Tolima in the 2nd Stage.

2nd Stage 1st Leg

Vélez Sársfield 0-1 Banfield
Barcelona 0-1 Peñarol

Vélez against Banfield is possibly the tie of the the second stage and it the Clausura champions Banfield who will take a single goal lead into the second leg. The bonus as well is it's an away goal for Banfield and it came on the half hour through Cristian García. The second leg for this one takes place in a fortnights time. A week after being in the Santiago Bernabéu for a friendly with Real Madrid Peñarol faced Barcelona a week later. The only problem was this Barcelona isn't 618km away but in Guayaquil, Ecuador. A game which finished ten a-side was won by a single Peñarol goal on the hour courtesy of an own goal by Barcelona's Juan Perlaza. Barcelona has Luis Garces sent off with eight minutes to go but he was followed by Peñarol's by Fabian Estoyanoff three minutes later, both will miss the return in Uruguay in two weeks time.

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