Friday, 30 September 2011

Copa Sudamericana week 9

LDU Quito 2-0 Independiente
Olimpia 0-0 Arsenal
Godoy Cruz 1-1 Universitario
Botafogo 1-1 Santa Fe

Holders Independiente of Argentina made their bow in the competition at the Round of 16 stage and they had a tough trip to La Casa Blanca in Quito to face the 2009 winners LDU. The Premier Sports TV cameras were in town for the tie of the round and it was the home side who took a decisive advantage to take back to Allenvenda in two weeks time. Paul Ambrosini put LDU Quito ahead three minutes before the break when he was the spare man in the box and seven mintues after the break a Luis Bolaños stunner made it two. No goals in Asunción as three times Copa Libertadores champions Olimpia drew with 2007 winners Arsenal of Argentina. It's advantage Olimpia for the return match in three weeks time.

Universitario of Peru were within two minutes of claiming victory against Godoy Cruz in Mendoza. A tight game came to life in the last nine minutes when Universitario countered and Raul Ruidíaz was on the end of the move to slot home. However two minutes from time Gonzale Cabrera levelled for the home side but the away goal in the bag and the second leg played at altitude the Peruvian side will fancy their chances. After knocking out Colombian rivals Deportivo Cali last week Santa Fe stunned the Botafogo fans in the Engenhão when they grabbed an away goal and the lead with just eight minutes gone. Argentinian striker Omar Pérez with the goal that put Santa Fe in control of the tie. Botafogo, despite the usual attitude of Brazilian clubs to this competition, were fielding a pretty strong side and they finally levelled half way through the second half. Caio with the goal just four minutes after arriving from the bench.

The Round of Sixteen continues next week with two games and they line up like this

Universidad Católica v Vélez Sarsfield - LIVE on Premier Sports TV - Wednesday 2315
Aurora v Vasca da Gama

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