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Copa Sudamericana: Palmeiras and LDU hold narrow leads in semis

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on November 19, 2010

The semi-final, first legs of South America’s second club tournament have been played over the last couple of nights and for Brazilians Palmeiras and Ecuadorians LDU Quito the scenario is looking good going into next week’s second leg ties.

In the first leg of the all-Brazilian semi-final between Goias and Palmeiras it was a lone 48th minute strike from Marcos Assunção which has given the latter a lead to take into next Wednesday’s second leg which O Verdão will play at home. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is hoping to take Palmeiras all the way to the final only weeks after taking charge of the club for a second time and his team look good to finish the job following a comfortable victory over their compatriots.

Defending champions LDU Quito were looking very comfortable against Argentinian giants Independiente and were leading three goals to nil after 57 minutes courtesy of goals from Juan Manuel Salgueiro, Miller Bolaños and Néicer Reasco to send the home supporters into ecstasy and dreaming of a second consecutive appearance in the Sudamericana final. But the Argentine outfit suddenly realised that their plight was still under their control and within six minutes of going three behind El Rojo had reduced the deficit to a single goal. Andrés Silvera and Lucas Mareque were the goalscorers to whom Independiente may ultimately prove very grateful depending on how the second leg tie fares in Buenos Aires.

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