Friday, 4 February 2011

Copa Libertadores 1st Stage 2nd Leg

This Copa Libertadores review is bought to you in association the Premier Sports, the home of South American football in the UK

Deportivo Quito 1-0 Independiente
3-3 on points, Independiente advances on goal difference
Jaguares 2-0 Alianza Lima
Jaguares advances 6-0 on points
Deportes Tolima 2-0 Corinthians
Deportes Tolima advances 4-1 on points
Grêmio 3-1 Liverpool
Grêmio advances 4-1 on points
Unión Española 0-0 Bolívar
Unión Española advances 4-1 on points
Deportivo Petare 1-1 Cerro Porteño
Cerro Porteño advances 4-1 on points

Copa Sudamericana champions Independiente made it into the Group Stages of the competition, they will take their place in Group 8, despite a defeat at Deportivo Quito. Having a two deficit to claw back from their trip to Buenos Aires the Ecuadorian club could only halve the aggregate deficit when Michael Quiñónez scored two minutes after coming on as a 55th minutes substitute. Jaguares of Mexico will go into a strong looking Group 6 after completing their safe passage when a 2-0 win over Alianza Lima of Peru. The visitors facing were facing a two goal deficit and they didn't help their cause when Edgar Villamarín was sent off just short of the half hour. Michael Pedroza put Jaguares ahead with twenty minutes to go and Antonio Salazar wrapped things up five minutes later with the second.

We mentioned last week that Corinthians would have an uphill task to qualify for Group 7 and so it proved as Deportes Tolima of Colombia proved too strong for the Brazilian side in Ibagué. After a scoreless first leg the deadlock was finally broken 25 from time when Danny Santoya put Deportes Tolima ahead. Corinthians task then got harder when Luis Ramírez was sent off with 18 minutes to go but the tie was all over when Wilder Medina got a second for Tolima 12 mintues from time. In the live Premier Sports TV game, Grêmio took their place in Group 2 but only after being given a run for their money by Liverpool of Uruguay. After the 2-2 draw in Montevideo last week the Uruguayans took the lead ten mintues before the break when Emiliano Alfaro gave them a shock lead. That lead though lasted for all of three minutes before André Lima levelled on the night and in the tie. Ten minutes after the break Liverpool's Michael Acosta was dismissed and two minutes later Grêmio were ahead through Vinícius Pacheco. A second for Pacheco sixteen minutes from time wrapped up the tie for Grêmio, who will be confident of progressing from Group 2 given the opposition.

Unión Española of Chile advanced into Group 4 after a 0-0 home draw against Bolívar of Bolivia. A game of few chances saw the Bolivian side become frustrated and it all boiled over when Ronald Garcia was sent off half way through the second half when he picked up his second booking of the game. The result means that Unión Española will face Santiago rivals Universidad Católica in the group stage. Cerro Porteño of Paraguay were the last side to make it into the group stage and they will go into Group 5 after a draw in Venezuela against Deportivo Petare. Deportivo, looking to claw back the deficit from the first leg a week ago were ahead after fourteen minutes through Victor Guazá, However Cerro Porteño got the equaliser and a vital away goal from Roberto Nanni nine minutes before the break. Deportivo substitute John Cordóba was shown a straight red card six minutes from time to cap off a bad night for the Venezuelan side.

Highlights will be on Premier Sports tonight at 2330.

The Group stages begin with two games next week.

Fluminense v Argentinos Juniors - LIVE on Premier Sports TV 0000 GMT Thursday 10th February
Deportes Tolima v Guaraní

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