Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

Copa Sudamericana: Last eight all in a stalemate

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on November 4, 2010

Copa SudamericanaThe first leg matches in the quarter-finals of the Copa Sudamericana have been completed with no team enjoying a lead over their opponents. That’s because all of the quarter-final ties so far have been drawn and it shows that the competition is being taken seriously by those clubs who are remaining. Stoppage Time – International Football Blog reviews the latest action.

The two all-Brazilian contests were played on October 27th as the demands of the Brasileiro meant that the four teams involved in this competition had to complete their games early. Avaí FC came closest to winning their first leg tie as they were leading 2-1 when their game against home side Goiás EC went into stoppage time. Four minutes of added time had been played when Goiás equalized thanks to Rafael Moura’s second goal of the game cancelling out strikes from Davi and Marcelinho. In the other all- Brazilian tie Palmeiras took the lead against Atlético Mineiro thanks to Kléber in the 55th minute but the game was levelled out with fifteen minutes left to play after Obina equalized from the penalty spot. The winners of these games will meet each other in the semi-finals, thus guaranteeing a place in the Sudamericana final for a Brazilian team.

The other two quarter-final, first legs were played over the last two nights and for the defending champions LDU Quito it was a difficult but satisfying Tuesday night performance as they came away from a tough away tie in Buenos Aires with a 0-0 draw against Newell’s Old Boys. The other Argentinian team remaining are Independiente, the self-proclaimed “Rey de Copas” (King of Cups) due to their outstanding record of titles at international level. They were in Colombia to face a Deportes Tolima side who are fighting for honours on two fronts as they are in second place in the current Colombian championship. Andrés Silvera gave Independiente the lead from the penalty spot after half-an-hour but the Colombians turned the match on its head with goals from Wilder Medina (40′) and Rodrigo Marangoni (73′) giving Tolima the lead. It was up to Julián Velázquez to bring Independiente back on level terms when he tied the scores in the 78th minute of the game and this was how the contest finished.

COPA SUDAMERICANA QUARTER-FINAL, SECOND LEG DATES

LDU Quito v Newell’s Old Boys

Palmeiras v Atlético Mineiro

Games to be played on Wednesday, November 10th.

Avaí FC v Goiás EC

Independiente v Deportes Tolima

Games to be played on Thursday, November 11th.

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