Copa Libertadores: Chivas and Inter reach final (+video)
Chivas Guadalajara and Internacional will contest the 2010 Copa Libertadores final after they saw off their opponents Universidad de Chile and São Paulo respectively. Stoppage Time – International Football Blog reports on each semi-final:
The Mexicans of Chivas Guadalajara spolit the party for Universidad de Chile in the second leg played in Santiago. After the Chileans had secured a 1-1 first leg draw in Mexico many saw them as favourites to finish the job on home turf but the Mexicans wanted to rewrite the script and did so with great aplomb. With 22 minutes of Tuesday’s second leg played Xavier Báez gave Chivas the lead after hs long range effort wasn’t effectively stopped by keeper Miguel Pinto who let the ball go past him and agonisingly over the line. The game was sealed for the Mexicans in the 55th by Jonny Magallón who fired home from close range after his header moments earlier had been stopped by Pinto. Chivas become only the second team to make it to a Copa Libertadores final after Cruz Azul lost out to Boca Juniors in the 2001 edition.
WATCH UNIVERSIDAD de CHILE v CHIVAS GUADALAJARA 2ND LEG HIGHLIGHTS HERE:
The all-Brazilian encounter between São Paulo and Internacional was a repeat of the 2006 Copa Libertadores final and the outcome was the same too only this time Internacional hung on by the skin of their teeth going through courtesy of an away goal. Having won the first leg by a solitary goal to nil in Porto Alegre, Internacional fell behind to an Alex Silva goal which was squeezed in from the tightest of angles following a goalkeeping error from Renan. Alecsandro, Internacional’s top scorer in this tournament, fortuitously scored the equalizer on the night just seven minutes into the second half after deflecting home a free-kick from Andres d’Alessandro which momentarily put O Colorado in command. São Paulo were not finished however and they re-took the lead on the night in the 54th minute when Ricardo Oliveira slotted home after he was given the ball, and plenty of time to finish, inside the Inter box as their defence failed to play the offside trap. There weren’t too many clear cut chances after that for the home side and the game petered out into a 2-2 aggregate draw which meant that Internacional went through by virtue of their away goal.
The Copa Libertadores final is played over two legs with the first game played on Wednesday, August 11th in Guadalajara and the return played seven days later in Porto Alegre.
WATCH SAO PAULO v INTERNACIONAL 2ND LEG HIGHLIGHTS HERE: