Friday, 5 August 2011

Copa Sudamericana Week 1

First Round - First Legs

Bella Vista 1-1 Universidad Católica
Universidad César Vallejo 1-1 Santa Fe
Deportivo Quito 1-0 Anzoátegui
San José 0-0 Nacional Asunción
Olimpia 2-0 The Strongest
Yaracuyanos 1-1 LDU Quito

The competition got underway in Montevideo on Tuesday night as Chilean big guns Universidad Católica came from behind to get an away goal and a draw at Bella Vista. The home side took the lead from the spot with twenty four minutes gone, Ignacio Nicolini keeping a cool head. Twelve minutes later Universidad Católica levelled matters courtesy of Pablo Calandria and settled with their away goal to take back to Santiago for the second leg in two weeks time. In Trujillo, Universidad César Vallejo of Peru made the perfect start to their clash with Santa Fe of Colombia when Mario Leguizamón put them ahead with just four minutes gone. Santa Fe got their away goal and levelled the tie seven minutes after the break when Óscar Rodas found the back of the net. Venezuelan football is on a high at the moment and Anzoátegui won't be too upset with a single goal defeat at Deportivo Quito. The home side, Libertadores regulars, took the lead just beyond the hour through Julio Bevacqua but will be wary of the second leg tie in two weeks time.

No goals in Oruro as Nacional of Paraguay put themselves in the box seat for the second leg of their tie with San José of Bolivia. The Premier Sports TV viewers were treated to a great game as legendary Paraguayan side Olimpia took a control of their tie against Bolivian side The Strongest in Adunción. The home side took the lead half way through the second half courtesy of defender Julio Cáceres and doubled their lead ten minutes from time when Adrian Romero made it two to leave The Strongest with a uphill task for next weeks second leg. The other Quito side in the competition, 2009 winners LDU were also against Venezuelan opposition in the shape of Yaracuyanos and they took the lead twenty minutes into the second half when Hernan Barcos converted from the penalty spot. Yaracuyanos gave themselves a chance of qualifying though when they levelled eleven minutes from time when Mauricio Chalar got them a deserved equaliser ahead of the second leg in two weeks time.

Next weeks games, with one to be covered by Premier Sports TV

First Round First Leg

Universidad de Chile v Fénix

First Round Second Leg

The Strongest v Olimpia

Second Round First Leg

São Paulo v Ceará
Atlético Mineiro v Botafogo
Flamengo v Atlético Paranaense
Vasco da Gama v Palmeiras

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