Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

Copa Sudamericana: Champions LDU progress; Round of 16 Review (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on October 22, 2010

With all of the third round matches in the Copa Sudamericana completed Stoppage Time -International Football Blog looks back at the events in the last 16 and reveals the draw for the quarter-finals.

Defending champions LDU Quito were involved in a humdinger of a fixture against Chileans Unión San Felipe. There was a real danger that the Ecuadorians would be packing their bags following their 4-2 first leg defeat. All fears would be quashed in this week’s return fixture as LDU took the game to their visitors and came out on top in an amazing 6-1 victory. The goals were shared out amongst the LDU team with only Hernán Barcos scoring twice in the win. With an 8-5 aggregate win over Union the champions must face up to the challenge of Newell’s Old Boys in the next round. The Argentinians ran out easy winners against San José, clocking up a 6-0 rout of their hapless opponents in the first leg before the Bolivians restored some pride with a 2-0 home victory last night with goals from Luis Méndez and Aquilino Villalba.


There will be plenty of Brazilian representation in the quarter-finals with four teams making their way through and, as luck will have it, they will all face each other in the next round. Palmeiras had the most convincing win in the Round of 16 tie sweeping Bolivians Club Universitario to one side with a 4-1 aggregate win. Marcos Assunção scored the only goal in the first leg away from home whilst Kléber, Luan and Danilo fired home the goals for Palmeiras in the home leg played this week. Their last eight opponents will be Atlético Mineiro who scraped past Colombians Santa Fe. Having won the first leg with a 2-0 scoreline thanks to a brace from Obina, Atlético lost out to a Félix Noguera strike in the return fixture on Wednesday but just had the better of the 2-1 aggregate score.

The other all-Brazilian affair will be fought out between Goiás EC and Avaí FC. Goiás EC won through their tie against Uruguayan giants Peñarol by virtue of the two away goals scored in Wednesday’s second leg tie. The first game was a narrow 1-0 win for Goiás EC thanks to Rafael Moura’s 23rd minute goal. On Wednesday it was the same striker who gave the visitors the lead to silence the thousands in the legendary Estadio Centenario but the home side would come back to level the aggragte scores at 2-2 with Matías Corujo and Marcelo Sosa hitting the back of the net before half-time. In the second half the vistitors went 3-2 up overall with Carlos Alberto scoring thirteen minutes before time. Peñarol hit back again through Alejandro Martinuccio with six minutes remaining but it ultimately proved fruitless for the hosts. Avaí FC, following their 2-1 first leg defeat away to Ecuadorians Emelec FC, went behind to a 2nd minute goal from Joao Rojas in the return fixture last night and all seemed lost for them. They turned it around in the second half with goals from Roberto, Eltinho and Emerson and remarkably progressed 4-3 on aggregate.


The sole Colombian team remaining in the tournament are Deportes Tolima following their tremendous come-from-behind victory over Banfield FC. The Argentinians won their first leg match 2-0 at home and seemed set to take the game to Tolima in the return fixture this week. However Tolima defied expectations and turned the game completely on its head with goals from Wilder Medina, Cristiano Marrugo and Rodrigo Marangoni settling the aggregate score at 3-2. Deportes Tolima have, thus, prevented the possibilty of an all-Argentinian encounter in the last eight as it is they who will meet Independiente in the next round. Los Diablos Rojos lost out in the first leg to Uruguay’s Defensor Sporting by a narrow 1-0 scoreline but won through with a 4-2 second leg win on Tuesday. Goals from Andrés Silvera, Hernán Fredes, Nicolás Alejandro Cabrera and Nicolás Martínez gave Independiente enough breathing space as Sporting proved to be tough opponents.


Atlético Mineiro (Brazil) v Palmeiras (Brazil)

Avaí FC (Brazil) v Goiás EC (Brazil)

Deportes Tolima (Colombia) v Independiente (Argentina)

LDU Quito (Ecuador) v Newell’s Old Boys (Argentina)

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