CONMEBOL: Copa Sudamericana 1st Round Review
It took a while but the first round of the 2010 Copa Sudamericana has been completed. Last night saw Defensor Sporting get the better of Olimpia with the Uruguayans securing their passage into the second round with a 3-1 aggregate win over their opponents. Stoppage Time – International Football Blog reviews the first round and looks at the second draw, four games from which have already been completed.
Bolivian clubs got the better of their match-ups against Chilean opposition. Club Universitario managed to progress at the expense of Colo-Colo but only by virtue of the away goals rule. Universitario won the first leg at home by two goals to nil and they had Roberto Galindo to thank for sending them through as his goal on the verge of half-time in the second leg in Santiago proved the difference between the two sides. The other Bolivian team Oriente Petrolero scraped past the challenge of Universidad de Chile with Danilo Peinado’s strike after twelve minutes of the second leg settling matters. There were mixed emotions for Peruvian clubs with elimination for Universidad Cesar Vallejo at the hands of Barcelona of Guayaquil being countered by Universidad San Martín’s progression at the hands of Deportivo Quito on away goals. Colombian teams Atlético Huila and Club Santa Fe also reached the second round stage by knocking out the two Venezuelan representatives Trujillanos and Deportivo Lara whilst Paraguayans Club Guaraní won their two-legged tie over Uruguay’s River Plate.
The four second round matches that have been completed so far were all-Brazilian affairs. Santos FC, who have had a successful year winning the Copa Brasil and Paulista state championship, won’t be adding the Sudamericana to the trophy cabinet after falling at the hands of Avaí 3-2 on aggregate. Santos FC surprisingly lost the first leg at home by 3-1 with Vandinho scoring a brace for the visitors and that result was to prove their undoing despite a Zé Eduardo winner in the return leg. Esporte Clube Vitória thought they had done enough after the first leg after defeating Palmeiras 2-0 at home with Ramon and Neto Coruja hitting the back of the net. Alas Palmeiras turned it around in the return fixture winning 3-0 with the game culminating with a dramatic Marcos Assunção winner in the 89th minute after Tadeu’s double strike earlier in the match. Goiás Esporte Clube got the better of Porto Alegre giants Grêmio winning 3-1 on aggregate while Clube Atlético Mineiro left it very late in the second leg to score the only goal of their two-legged encounter against Grêmio Prudente with Ricardinho scoring two minutes into stoppage time. The highlights in the second round draw include three all-Argentina match-ups whilst three-time Copa Libertadores winners Peñarol meet two-time Libertadores runner-up Barcelona. Defending champions LDU Quito enter the tournament at the third round stage.
COPA SUDAMERICANA 2ND ROUND DRAW (all ties remaining to be settled)
San José (Bolivia) v Atlético Huila (Colombia)
Argentinos Juniors (Argentina) v Independiente (Argentina)
Peñarol (Uruguay) v Barcelona (Ecuador)
Caracas FC (Venezuela) v Santa Fe (Colombia)
Deportes Tolima (Colombia) v Oriente Petrolero (Bolivia)
Unión San Felipe (Chile) v Guaraní (Paraguay)
Banfield (Argentina) v Vélez Sársfield (Argentina)
Emelec (Ecuador) v Universidad San Martín (Peru)
Cerro Porteño (Paraguay) v Universitario (Bolivia)
Sport Huancayo (Peru) v /Defensor Sporting (Uruguay)
Estudiants de La Plata (Argentina) v Newell’s Old Boys (Argentina)
All ties to be completed by September 23rd