Friday, 28 January 2011

Copa Libertadores 1st Stage 1st Leg

Independiente 2-0 Deportivo Quito
Corinthians 0-0 Deportes Tolima
Liverpool 2-2 Grêmio
Alianza Lima 0-2 Jaguares
Cerro Porteño 1-0 Deportivo Petare
Bolívar 0-1 Unión Española

The 2011 Copa Santander Libertadores began on Tuesday night in Buenos Aires as 2010 Copa Nissan Sudamericana winners Independiente took on Deportivo Quito of Ecuador. It the Argentinian side who will take an advantage into next week's second leg after their strong second half showing. Matias De Fedrico put Independiente ahead five minutes after the break and Patricio Rodríguez doubled the lead twenty minutes from time. Corinthians of Brazil remain one of the only four of the big São Paulo clubs never to have won this competition and they will have an uphill task to even make the second stage after a goalless draw with Deportes Tolima of Colombia at the Pacaembu. Corinthians looked devoid of ideas all over the pitch and the resiliance of Deportes Tomlina was rewarded with a result that gives them a big chance of qualifying next week. Grêmio of Brazil twice let a lead slip as they grabbed two valuable away goals against Liverpool of Uruguay. It took only six minutes for Grêmio to take the lead through veteran André Lima but Mauren Franco levelled four minutes later. Four minutes later Grêmio were ahead again through Douglas but with 25 minutes on the clock Carlos Macchi levelled again for Liverpool to set things up for the second leg in Porto Alegre next week.

Mexican invitees Jaguares put a foot into the second stage when they claimed a superb win against Alianza Lima of Peru. Michael Pedroza put Jaguares ahead four minutes before the break to stun the home fans. It got worse for Alianza Lima a minutes after the break when Jorge Rodríguez converted from the spot to give Jaguares a two goal cushion for the second leg. Cerro Porteño of Paraguay edged a first leg lead over Deportivo Petare of Venezuela. There was only one goal in the game and it came from Roberto Nanni with twenty minutes to go. It gives Cerro Porteño a narrow lead to take back to Caracas next week. The final game of the round took place in Los Celestes, Bolivia as 1986 semi finalists Bolívar met Unión Española of Chile. This was another tight game and settled by the one goal from Fernando Cordero to give Unión Española the advantage for the second leg next week. Zé Carlos of Bolívar will miss that game after he was sent off with nine minutes to go.

The second leg ties all take place next week to decide the remaining places in the group stage

All times GMT

2nd Feb Deportivo Quito v Independiente 0045
2nd Feb Jaguares v Alianza Lima 0315
2nd Feb Unión Española v Bolívar TBC
3rd Feb Deportes Tolima v Corinthians 00:00
3rd Feb Grêmio v Liverpool 00:00
4th Feb Deportivo Petare v Cerro Porteño 01:30

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