Friday, 12 November 2010

Copa Sudamericana Week 14

LDU Quito 1-0 Newell's Old Boys
Palmeiras 2-0 Atlético Mineiro
Avaí 0-1 Goiás
Independiente 0-0 Deportes Tolima

Holders LDU Quito were the first team to qualify for the semi final on Wednesday night after they left it late to overcome Newell's Old Boys. After a scoreless first leg the tie was heading for penalties until Walter Calderon turned and shot past Sebastian Peratta from the edge of the box nine minutes from time. It left Newell's needing a goal for penalties but LDU Quito hung on as they continue the defence of their title. Palmeiras also joined LDU in the semi finals on Wednesday night when they overcame Atlético Mineiro at the Pacaembu. Renan Ribeiro was a busy man in the Atlético-MG goal as Palmeiras went for the throat from the off and they finally broke the deadlock after 28 minutes when Marcos Assunção put Palmeiras ahead with an "Olympic goal" although there could have been a slight deflection. Atlético-MG threw on the forwards as they looked for an equaliser but they were undone ten minutes from time when Luan was left unmarked at the back post and he fired the ball past Renan Ribeiro to put Palmeiras into the last four.

On Thursday night two times in the relegation zone in Série A met at the Ressacada in Florianópolis when Avaí and Goiás went in all square from the first leg. It was the away side though who made all the running as they constantly put Avaí under pressure and kept Carlos busy. The visitors took the lead just before the break when a corner from Wellington Saci ended up with Felipe and his shot come cross went into the path of Rafael Moura who found the back of the net. That turned out to be the only goal of the game, Goiás were much the better side on the night as Avaí's first foray into continental competition came to an end. Independiente ensured continued Argentinean representation in the competition after a scoreless draw allowed them to qualify courtesy of their two goals in Colombia last week. Not without a fright though, the visitors had a goal disallowed after 34 minutes for a foul on goalkeeper Hilario Navarro. The home side went closest two minutes before the break when Facundo Parra blocked a clearance from Tolima keeper Antony Silva but the ball spun agonisingly wide.

So, no rest for the wicked as the semi-finals begin next week and they line up like this

LDU Quito v Independiente
Goiás v Palmeiras

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