Thursday, 28 October 2010

Copa Sudamericana Week 12

Quarter Final - 1st Leg

Atlético Mineiro 1-1 Palmeiras
Goiás 2-2 Avaí

All square in Sete Lagoas as a dodgy penalty enabled Atlético-MG to go into the second leg of their tie against Palmeiras all square. After a goal less first half the visitors took the lead ten minutes after the break when a neat 1-2 between Kléber and Tinga saw the former Cruzeiro man beat Renan Ribeiro in the Atlético-MG goal. The home side drew level fifteen minutes from time after a hotly disputed (by the Palmeiras players) penalty. Marcio Araujo was ruled to have bought for Palmeiras player Obina down in the area as a cross came in, the contact looked minimal though. Araujo ended up in the book as did Danilo who was lucky not to talk himself into red. The delay didn't affect Obina as he slotted the ball past Deola in the Palmeiras goal.

At the Sierra Dourada, Goiás and Avaí, two teams in the relegation zone in Série A, met in the other all Brazilian quarter final. The home side grasped the advantage in the tie when Rafael Moura put them ahead with with half an hour on the clock, a lead they took into the break. Avaí grabbed what could be a crucial away goal seven minutes after the break when Davi converted from the penalty spot. Goiás were stunned with twenty minutes to go when they fell behing to a goal from Marcelino put Avaí into the driving seat. Goiás piled on the pressure looking for the equaliser and it finally came four minutes into injury time when Rafael Moura got his second of the game.

The second legs for both of these ties take place in two weeks time, the remaining first leg ties take place next midweek.

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