Copa Sudamericana: 2nd Round Review (+video)
The Copa Sudamericana has completed its second round and what a thrilling ride it’s been. Seven of the fifteen matches at this stage were either all-Argentinian or all-Brazilian affairs whilst the other eight matches saw plenty of goals flying in across the continent. With the fifteen winners going through to the next round along with defending title holders LDU Quito Stoppage Time – International Football Blog reviews the latest developments in a tournament which is starting to capture the imagination in South America.
As reported in the previous Sudamericana blog the four all-Brazilian ties were completed some time ago and delivered some interesting results. In case you’ve forgotten here is a quick re-cap. Palmeiras were involved in one of the ties of the round having come back from a 2-0 first leg defeat to go through with a 3-0 second leg victory over Esporte Clube Vitória. Santos, who have won the Paulista and Copa Brasil so far in 2010, won’t be adding the Sudamericana to the trophy cabinet after a 3-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Avaí whilst Atlético Mineiro and Goiás also went through knocking out Grêmio Prudente and Grêmio Porto Alegre respectively. In Argentina Independiente were the first club from that country to go through to the Round of 16 with a 2-1 aggregate win over Argentinos Juniors, Leandro Gracián’s 66th minute goal in the second leg proving the difference between the two sides. Goals from Christian García and Marcelo Carrusca in either leg helped Banfield to a 2-1 aggregate win over Vélez Sársfield whilst Newell’s Old Boys also made it to the next round defeating 2009 Copa Libertadores winners Estudiantes de La Plata by the same aggregate scoreline.
WATCH ESTUDIANTES DE LA PLATA v NEWELL’S OLD BOYS 2ND LEG HIGHLIGHTS HERE:
Two clubs with decorated histories in their national championships and the Copa Libertadores faced each other in this round as Uruguayans Peñarol and Ecuadorians Barcelona SC slugged it out and the two legs were certainly tight affairs. Peñarol got the better of the tie winning 3-1 on aggregate but they were made to work hard for their victory with all of the goals coming in the last half an hour of each leg (1-0; 2-1). Peñarol’s compatriots Defensor Sporting made it two out of two going through to the next round in the most incredible tie of the round. Defensor won their first leg against Peruvians Sport Huancayo by an amazing 9-0 scoreline with six different players getting on the score sheet. Huancayo restored some pride in the second leg by winning 2-0 but by then the damage was already done. Fellow Peruvians Universidad San Martin were also dealt a harsh lesson by Ecuadorian side Emelec. After the Peruvians gained a narrow 2-1 win over Emelec in the first leg the Ecuadorian giants dished out a 5-0 beating in the return fixture to ensure progress into the third round.
WATCH PENAROL V BARCELONA 2ND LEG HIGHLIGHTS HERE:
Bolivian teams very nearly made it a triple success but ultimately Oriente Petrolero let the side down with a narrow 2-1 aggregate defeat by Colombians Deportes Tolima. San José and Club Universitario were successful in their efforts to keep the Bolivian flag flying in this competition with aggregate wins over Colombians Atlético Hulia (5-1) and Paraguayans Cerro Porteño (3-2) respectively. It was up to Club Guaraní (Paraguay) and Unión San Felipe (Chile) to keep their nation’s hopes alive as they fought a tough battle to reach the last 16. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Asunción, in which the Chileans equalized three minutes into stoppage time, the second leg ended up with a similar scoreline and thus the match went to penalties with the Chileans holding their nerve to seal their place in the next round. The final match up involved Venezuelans Caracas FC and Club Santa Fe of Colombia with the latter’s 2-1 first leg victory proving decisive overall in the tie as the second leg on Thursday finished in a goalless draw.
Now the fifteen teams have qualified alongside the 2009 champions LDU Quito for the Round of 16 phase here is the full draw for the next stage:
San José (Bolivia) v Newell’s Old Boys (Argentina)
Independiente (Argentina) v Defensor Sporting (Uruguay)
Peñarol (Uruguay) v Goiás (Brazil)
Palmeiras (Brazil) v Club Universitario (Bolivia)
Santa Fe (Colombia) v Atlético Mineiro (Brazil)
Avaí FC (Brazil) v Emelec (Ecuador)
Deportes Tolima (Colombia) v Banfield (Argentina)
LDU Quito (Ecuador) v Unión San Felipe (Chile)