Saturday, 13 August 2011

Copa Sudamericana Week 2

First Stage First Leg

Universidad de Chile 1-0 Fénix

Universidad de Chile grabbed themselves a narrow lead to take back to Uruguay next week when they overcame Fénix in a tight encounter in Santiago. The visitors were reduced to ten men with half an hour gone when Fabian Trujillo was sent off for a second yellow card. The home side won it ten minutes after the break, Eduardo Vargas heading home the winner for La U.

First Stage Second Leg

The Strongest 2-1 Olimpia
3-3 on points, Olimpia advances on goal difference

Olimpia are the first team to qualify for Stage 2 of the competition after surviving an onslaught in La Paz against The Strongest. Two goals down after last weeks encounter in Asunción The Strongest halved the aggregate deficit on the half hour courtesy of Alejandro Chumacero. Four minutes after the break the tie was all square when Pablo Escobar struck for the home side but The Strongest were found to be the weakest just short of the hour when Adrian Romero got an away goal and what proved to be the winner in the tie.

Second Stage First Leg

Ceará 2-1 São Paulo
Atlético Mineiro 1-2 Botafogo
Flamengo 1-0 Atlético Paranaense
Vasco da Gama 2-0 Palmeiras

The Brazilian sides entered the competition this week and as usual all eight qualifiers were seeded to meet each other at this stage. In Fortaleza Ceará needed a late goal in order to give them an advantage for their second leg with São Paulo. Veteran Rivaldo put São Paulo ahead half way throug the first half but Rudnei levelled for Ceará on the stroke of half time. A minute after the break, São Paulo were reduced to ten when Denílson was sent off for the second time in his short São Paulo career. The home side won it deep in injury time thanks to Marcelo Nicácio's goal. Botafogo's only continental title came in 1993 but they put a tentative step into the Round of 16 when they defeated Atlético-MG in Sete Lagoas. German Herrera set the Alvinegro on their way with just six minutes on the clock and Maicousel doubled the lead six minutes before the break. Atlético-MG got back in the game on the stroke of half time when Richarlyson pulled a goal back but the Galo will be without Toró for the second leg after the was sent off four minutes from time.

The Premier Sports TV cameras were at the Engenhão as an understrength Flamengo side scraped by Atlético-PR. A crowd of under 3,000 turned up to witness the game as Flamengo took gained a single goal lead to take back to Curitiba next week. After an hour, Flamengo coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo got fed up with his teams efforts and threw on Renato Abreu, Thiago Neves and Ronaldinho Gáucho in an effort to find a way through. The breakthrough finally came eight minutes from time, Ronaldinho Gáucho converting from the penalty spot after Jael had been upended by Atlético-PR keeper Santos. The final game took place on Thursday night across Rio at the São Januário as Vasco da Gama and Palmeiras clashed in what, by league positions, is the tie of the round. After winning the Copa do Brasil, Vasco are looking for a cup double but credit to both coaches who fielded stronger than expected line ups. The opening goal came two minutes before the break. A corner was flicked on to Diego Souza who was in the right place at the right time as the ball struck him on the chest and bounced into goal. Vasco doubled their lead eleven mintues from time when Elton got to a free-kick before Marcos and headed home.

Next weeks games are

First Stage First Leg

La Equidad v Juan Aurich

First Stage Second Leg

Universidad Católica v Bella Vista
Anzoátegui v Deportivo Quito
Nacional Asunción v San José
LDU Quito v Yaracuyanos
Fénix v Universidad de Chile

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