Friday, 26 November 2010

Copa Sudamericana Semi Final 2nd Leg

Palmeiras 1-2 Goiás
3-3 on points, Goiás advances on away goals
Independiente 2-1 LDU Quito
3-3 on points, Independiente advances on away goals

A stunning result at the Pacaembu as relegated Goiás qualified for the final of the Copa Sudamericana after coming from behind to defeat Palmeiras. It was all going well for the Big Green when Luan fired past Harlei with 34 minutes gone. Goiás looked sunk but they got a foothold in the tie just before half time when a free kick from Marelo Costa rattled the woodwork, Rafael Moura collected and crossed for Carlos Alberto to head in via a deflection. As things stood Palmeiras were still going through courtesy of their win last week at the Serra Dourada but with eight minutes to go they were stunned when Rafael Moura turned creator again for Ernando to score from six yards out.

Goiás will meet Independiente in the final after the Argentinian side knocked out holders LDU Quito at the Estadio Libertadores de América on the away goals rule. Trailing 3-2 from the first leg at La Casa Blanca the two away goals were to prove crucial on the night. Facundo Parra put Independiente ahead with 25 minutes gone to level the tie on goals scored but LDU got level on the night, and ahead in the tie, when Uruguyan Juan Salgueiro scored just before half time. A minute after the break Independiente got what turned out to be the tie winner when Hernan Fredes put the home side ahead on the night. LDU battled for the goal that would see them into consecutive finals but it just wasn't to be and a new name will now appear on the trophy.

The first leg of a final that no one expected is next week at the Serra Dourada and the rules change for this tie. Away goals don't count and it's just a straight scoring contest. If we're level on goals at the end of the second leg, extra time will be played. If it's still level then we'll go to penalties.

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