Friday, 19 November 2010

Copa Sudamericana Semi Final 1st Leg

Goiás 0-1 Palmeiras
LDU Quito 3-2 Independiente

Palmeiras took a giant stride to claiming a place in the final after victory in their semi-final first leg in Goiânia. After a confidence building draw against Fluminense at the weekend, Goiás are hoping to qualify for their first ever continental final but must do it the hard way in the Pacaembu next week. One goal was enough to win the game for Palmeiras and when it came it was an absolute screamer from Marcos Assunção three minutes after the break. Goiás were denied in injury time when Otacílio Neto headed past Deola but the goal was disallowed due to an offside. Felipão was hit by a radio thrown from the crowd after the game but will be happy with his side taking a lead back to São Paulo next week.

In Quito at La Casa Blanca, the holders LDU will take a narrow advantage back to Buenos Aires for the second leg in a weeks time. Independiente, in their first continental semi final in 15 years, made a bright opening but they fell behind right on half time when Uruguayan Juan Salgueiro struck. Whatever was said in the changing room at half time seemed to work for the home side as they came out like a steam train. Four minutes after the break substitute Miller Bolanos made it two and when Neicer Reasco got the third eight minutes later it seemed LDU had put one foot in the final already but a minute later Nestor Silvera grabbed an away goal for Independiente. When Lucas Mareque got the second Independiente goal six minutes later it was suddenley game on game and the home side were hanging on. Independiente threw everything at the holders but LDU held on to make the second leg in Avellaneda next week much more interesting.

The second leg at the Pacaembu is on Wednesday at 2350 GMT while the night owls can take in Independiente v LDU Quito next Friday morning at 0030GMT

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