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CONMEBOL: Brazil take the U-20 title in South America

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on February 13, 2011

Conmebol u-20 logoThis weekend saw the completion of the South American Youth Championship and what a final match the tournament had in prospect as the top two of Uruguay and Brazil fought it out for the crown. Unfortunately, for those anticipating a closely fought contest, it proved to be a one-sided encounter.

The two most successful countries at this level in South America, Brazil and Uruguay were hoping to clinch the title with victory in their head-to-head clash on Saturday night. Both teams were already assured of their places in this year’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup along with Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia who, despite finishing bottom of the six team group, were guaranteed their place due to their position as tournament hosts. As well as the FIFA U-20 event the top two had also been assured of their places in the 2012 Olympic Games so many observers wanted an open match with both teams going all out for the title.

Seven times Under-20 winners Uruguay were hoping to clinch their first title at this level for thirty years whilst the Brazilians, winners of the previous two tournaments, wanted to clinch a hat-trick and thus a record extending eleventh title overall. The game was deadlocked until five minutes before half-time when São Paulo midfielder Lucas scored twice in as many minutes to take the wind out of Uruguay’s sails. The second half turned into a procession as the ruthless Brazilians struck four more times to stun their opponents. Lucas clinched his hat-trick, Neymar sealed his position as the tournament’s top-scorer by netting twice and Danilo completed the scoring. Neymar’s nine goals in the competition have turned him into the continent’s hot property and there are bound to be many clubs chasing his signature in the coming months.

Brazil topped the final group stage table with twelve points from five matches, two more than Uruguay. Argentina and Ecuador, who also sealed berths at the FIFA U-20 event, ended up with nine and eight points respectively whilst fifth place Chile are the unlucky nation not to qualify for Colombia having finished with three points, two more than the Colombians themselves.

CONMEBOL: Independiente claim maiden Sudamericana on penalties (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on December 9, 2010

Independiente are the 2010 Copa Sudamericana champions

In a dramatic second leg of the Copa Sudamericana final Argentinian club Independiente got their hands on the coveted trophy, and a precious berth in the 2011 Copa Libertadores, following a penalty shoot-out win after the game had finished 3-3 on aggregate.

With no away goals rule in the final of this competition Independiente knew that they had to win by at least two clear goals if they were to have any chance of lifting the Copa Sudamericana for the first time. Brazilian side Goiás had a 2-0 lead from the first leg, which was played last Wednesday in Brazil, and they were hoping to lift their first major honour which would’ve been some achievement for a club who were relegated from the Brazilian top flight just a couple of weeks ago.

The game started off in breathtaking fashion as both teams made their attacking intentions known from the start. Independiente struck first after 19 minutes thanks to Julián Velázquez but it didn’t take long for the visitors to restore parity on the night when Rafael Moura, a hero from the first leg, struck to make it 1-1 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate. It was back to square one for los Diablos Rojos who had to claw back a two goal deficit all over again and they made a good job of it after Facundo Parra’s brace before half-time levelled the tie on aggregate.

With no further scoring in the second half the game went into penalties and both teams traded two successful spot kicks each before the decisive penalties in the shoot-out took place. Independiente’s Leandro Gracián converted his kick before Goiás’ Felipe missed his effort which handed the advantage to the Argentinians. With Carlos Matheu and Eduardo Tuzzio putting away their kicks the hosts began the celebrations as Independiente finally lay claim to some international silverware for the first time since 1995, when they won the now-defunct Supercopa Sudamericana, and also increases the dominance of Argentinian clubs in this competition which they have won on five out of nine occasions.


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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CONMEBOL: Copa Sudamericana 1st Round Review

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on September 3, 2010
Copa Sudamericana

The Copa Sudamericana is under way in South America

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


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Recopa: Barcos gives LDU advantage (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on August 26, 2010
Hernán Barcos

Hernán Barcos scored both goals to give LDU a 2-1 first leg victory

LDU Quito hold a narrow 2-1 advantage over Estudiantes de La Plata after the first leg of the Recopa, South America’s Super Cup, which was played in their home Estadio Casa Blanco in the Ecuadorian capital. All of the goals came in the first seventeen minutes of the game which pits the winners from the 2009 editions of the Copa Libertadores (Estudiantes) and Copa Sudamericana (LDU Quito) together over two legs. LDU Quito are the defending Recopa holders as they won last year’s competition against Brazilians Internacional and they are hoping to become only the third team to win back-to-back titles along with Brazilians São Paulo (1993, 1994) and, more recently, Argentinians Boca Juniors (2005, 2006). Hernán Barcos gave the home side the lead after just eight minutes, heading home from close range which gave Estudiantes keeper César Taborda no chance. The Argentinians didn’t remain behind for long and equalized a mere four minutes later after Marcos Rojo fired home from six yards out following LDU’s inability to clear their lines from a free-kick. Sadly for Estudiantes they were to fall behind once more after 17 minutes when Barcos scored his second. After winning the ball in the penalty box the Argentine forward shot low past Taborda to score what would be the winning goal of the first leg, thus setting up an intriging return leg which will be played next Wednesday in La Plata.


Copa Libertadores: Inter claim second title (+video)

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

Internacional clinched their second Copa Libertadores title in Porto Alegre last night getting the better of Chivas Guadalajara 5-3 on aggregate. There was an expectant 56,000 crowd for the match held at Internacional’s Estádio Beira-Rio home ground and they were hoping that there wouldn’t be further Brazilian disappointment after second-leg home losses to Grêmio, Fluminense (albeit after a penalty shoot-out) and Cruzeiro in the last three finals. The signs were positive after Inter had defeated Chivas 2-1 in the first leg in Guadalajara and O Colorado wanted to reclaim the title they’d won for the first time in 2006 in a dramatic final against compatriots São Paulo.

The Mexicans, however, were prepared to make a bit of a fight of it in the first half and Chivas would eventually make their breakthrough two minutes before the half-time interval when Marco Fabián was on hand to score the opening goal of the game with a splendid overhead kick and, thus, make the home support a little edgier going into the second half. Inter’s experience meant that they would eventually have a say in the match and once Rafael Sóbis equalized in the 61st minute there was no turning back for the hosts. Strikes from second half substitutes Leandro Damião (76 mins) and Giuliano (89 mins) ensured that the party started early in the stands with Patricio Araújo’s consolation goal in stoppage time proving academic. When Colombian Oscar Ruiz blew the whistle for full-time the celebrations were already in full flow but moments later a fight broke out after Chivas’ goalscorer Fabián alleged that he’d been punched by an Inter supporter which then started an altercation between the two teams. After the teams had been separated the stage was set for Internacional captain Bolívar to hoist the trophy into the heavens and signal the club as Bi-Campeão (two-time winners) and secure a place at the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup in which they’ll expect a truly “international” contest against European champions Internazionale FC in the final.


CONMEBOL: Copa Sudamericana 2010 Preview

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on August 3, 2010
Copa Sudamericana

Who will win the Copa Sudamericana in 2010?

South America’s second club competition begins this week with an unusual mixture of first and second round matches taking place throughout the continent. Stoppage Time – International Football Blog tries to make sense of it all:

The Copa Sudamericana is now firmly established as an important part of South America’s footballing calendar and has reached its ninth year having started in 2002. San Lorenzo were the inaugural champions of the event beating Colombia’s Atlético Nacional and pathed the way for Argentinian clubs to dominate proceedings with all but two of the eight finals so far featuring Argentinian teams. For every season since the tournament’s inception the traditional giants of River Plate and Boca Juniors, who are the competition’s most successful team winning back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005, had been invited to play but have been denied automatic entry from 2010 and must qualify on merit like everyone else (sadly neither of them qualified this time around). The competition has been further enhanced this year by the reward of a place in the 2011 Copa Libertadores (South American Champions League) for the winning team, something which UEFA has been reluctant to do with its secondary club competition, the Europa League. As ever in this tournament each round is played over two legs with a limited first round and a bigger second round with many of the entrants in the latter not having to play in the former due to qualification rules.

This year’s tournament kicks off tonight in Paraguay where Olimpia Asuncion, South American champions as recently as 2002, plays against Defensor Sporting of Uruguay who reached the quarter-finals of this competition in 2007. Four more games are played this week with two all-Brazilian ties featuring prominently. Atlético Mineiro play against Grêmio Prudente on Wednesday whilst the more famous Grêmio from Porto Alegre will meet Goiás on Thursday, both matches being second round match-ups. Two matches not featuring Brazilian clubs see Trujillanos FC from Venezuela face off against Colombians Atlético Huila, who are playing in their maiden Sudamericana, whilst Peruvians Universidad San Martín, who failed to make it past the first round in their only previous appearance in 2006, play against Deportivo Quito of Ecuador in the first round.

Speaking of Ecuadorians one may be wondering where defending Sudamericana champions LDU Quito feature in this year’s tournament. The answer is that LDU, the only club to have won the trophy featuring in this year’s competition, have been given a bye into the Round of 16 stage where they will meet any from Unión San Felipe (Chile), River Plate (Uruguay) or Guaraní (Paraguay) – the Chileans waiting to see which of the other two they will meet in the second stage. The only other question to be answered is who will be Chile’s third representative in the tournament after Colo-Colo and Unión San Felipe? This has yet to be decided but the answer will be known on August 18th after a two-leg play-off between Universidad de Chile and Municipal Iquique has been completed, the winner of which meets Bolivia’s Oriente Petrolero in the first round.

All in all the composition of the tournament involves thirty nine teams from ten countries. Some of the teams may also have played in this year’s Copa Libertadores tournament as well (e.g. Estudiantes de La Plata, Colo-Colo) as some countries may have qualification criteria which allows this to happen whilst some, the most obvious example being Brazil, do not allow this dual-competition participation to occur. Below is the full draw for the first and second rounds of this year’s tournament:


Colo-Colo (Chile) v Universitario (Bolivia)

River Plate (Uruguay) v Guaraní (Paraguay)

Barcelona (Ecuador) v U. Cesar Vallejo (Peru)

Trujillanos (Venezuela) v Atlético Huila (Colombia)

Oriente Petrolero (Bolivia) v Universidad de Chile/Municipal Iquique (Chile Play-Off)

Olimpia (Paraguay) v Defensor Sporting (Uruguay)

U.San Martín (Peru) v Deportivo Quito (Ecuador)

Santa Fe (Colombia) v Deportivo Lara (Venezuela)


San José (Bol) v Trujillanos/Atlético Huila

Argentinos Juniors (Arg) v Independiente (Arg)

Peñarol (Uru) v Barcelona/U. Cesar Vallejo

Palmeiras (Bra) v Vitória (Bra)

Caracas FC (Ven) v Santa Fe/Deportivo Lara

Avaí FC (Bra) v Santos FC (Bra)

Deportes Tolima (Col) v Oriente Petrolero/Universidad de Chile/Municipal Iquique

Unión San Felipe (Chi) v River Plate/Guaraní

Banfield (Arg) v Vélez Sársfield (Arg)

Emelec (Ecu) v U.San Martín/Deportivo Quito

Atlético Mineiro (Bra) v Grêmio Prudente (Bra)

Cerro Porteño (Par) v Colo-Colo/Universitario

Grêmio (Bra) v Goiás FC (Bra)

Sport Huancayo (Per) v Olimpia/Defensor Sporting

Estudiantes de La Plata (Arg) v Newell’s Old Boys (Arg)



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Copa Libertadores: Semi-Final Preview

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on July 26, 2010
Internacional v São Paulo

The 2006 Copa Libertadores final saw Internacional beat São Paulo. Will the same outcome occur in this year's semi-finals?

Following the exit of Estudiantes de La Plata from the competition at the quarter-final stage the Copa Libertadores will have a new champion this year. In the semi-finals there will be an all-Brazil affair ensuring that the country supplies a finalist in the tournament for the sixth consecutive year. In the other semi-final two surprise teams from Chile and Mexico will face off in the hope that they can go all the way to the final. Stoppage Time – International Football Blog previews both matches, which are played over two legs.

The first semi-final is an all-Brazilian contest which also happens to be a repeat of the 2006 Copa Libertadores final. On that occasion Internacional of Porto Alegre got the better of defending champions São Paulo winning 4-3 on aggregate and a similar result is what Inter will be after this time if they are to maintain hopes of winning the trophy for a second time. São Paulo, however, have much experience in this competition and are hoping to be triumphant in this tournament for a fourth time. A look at the Campeonato Brasileiro table at the moment shows Internacional going well in 4th place, five points behind leaders Corinthians whilst São Paulo are languishing in 15th place after an inconsistent start. However one shouldn’t take the Tricolor lightly as they have made a habit in recent years of starting slowly in the Brazilian championship in order to concentrate on South America’s biggest prize before ultimately improving at the business end of the domestic season to secure a top four finish and qualify for the following season’s Libertadores. São Paulo also have one of the top scorers in this year’s tournament in the form of Washington who has scored five times and who is determined to make up for the defeat he suffered with Fluminense at the hands of LDU Quito in the 2008 Copa Libertadores final.

The other semi-final features two teams never to have won the Copa Libertadores and are looking to make their own bit of club history by reaching the final of the competition for the very first time. Universidad de Chile have only reached the semi-final stage on two other occasions, the most recent being in 1996 when they went out to eventual winners River Plate. Their opponents Guadalajara were semi-finalists as recently as 2005 but they were defeated 5-2 on aggregate by Atlético Paranaense and have had limited success at international level, only winning a CONCACAF Champions’ Cup title as far back as 1962. In this year’s tournament Guadalajara didn’t have to compete in the group stage due to accepting an invitation to return to the competition after they were forced to withdraw from the 2009 tournament because of the outbreak of swine flu. Universidad got through their quarter-final tie against Brazilian giants Flamengo by defeating the Rubro-Negro on away goals while Guadalajara just got the better of Paraguayan team Libertad coming through with a 3-2 aggregate scoreline. Domestically Universidad de Chile are in good form at the moment lying in second place just two points behind Colo-Colo whilst Guadalajara’s first match in the 2010 Torneo Apertura finished in a goalless draw at home to Puebla FC.



Guadalajara v Universidad de Chile (27/07/10)

Internacional v São Paulo (28/07/10)


Universidad de Chile v Guadalajara (03/08/10)

São Paulo v Internacional (05/08/10)

Copa Libertadores: Round of 16 Review (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on May 7, 2010

The Copa Libertadores has concluded its round of 16 stage and “Stoppage Time – International Football Blog” highlights the events of a compelling and, at times, controversial first knockout round:

The first games were completed on Tuesday night and there was one upset and one near upset as big boys from Argentina and Brazil struggled against teams from Mexico and Peru respectively. Vélez Sársfield, whose only Libertadores triumph came in 1994, were expected to go through against Mexican team Chivas especially as the Guadalajara based side were resting players ahead of a crucial Mexican championship match. Sadly for Vélez their opponents hadn’t read the script as Chivas won the first leg in Guadalajara by three goals to nil thanks to a brace from Omar Bravo and a penalty kick from Héctor Reynoso struck in second-half stoppage time. This spot kick proved to be the difference between the two sides as the Argentines pulled two goals back in the return fixture but could not equalize late on. Penalties were also crucial in deciding the match between three-time champions São Paulo FC and Peruvians Universitario Lima who were unable to score a goal between them over two games so had to decide the fixture in a shoot-out. São Paulo missed their first spot kick but converted the rest of their four attempts whilst Universitario reversed that pattern to lose the shoot-out 3-1. Watch the shoot-out here:

The all-Brazilian clash between Flamengo and Corinthians was arguably the most anticipated tie of the round when the draw was made. Flamengo, who won their sixth Brazilian championship last season, haven’t won the Libertadores since their sole triumph back in 1981 but their opponents Corinthians were hoping to win the big one for the first time in their centenary year, hence bringing players of the calibre of Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos back to their homeland. However Flamengo had a couple of quality strikers of their own in Adriano and Vágner Love, the latter’s second leg goal proving crucial. After Adriano had given Flamengo a 1-0 home win in the first leg O Mengão travelled to São Paulo for the return and were behind after 28 minutes thanks to a David own goal. Corinthians then took the lead overall in the tie when Ronaldo scored against his boyhood club six minutes before half-time. Flamengo were not to be denied and struck back just four minutes after the restart thanks to Vágner Love whose away goal proved the difference between the sides as the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate. Watch second leg match highlights here:

In Wednesday night’s other games defending Libertadores champions Estudiantes de La Plata eased through to the quarter-finals after wrapping up a 3-1 home victory against Mexican side San Luis who, along with Chivas Guadalajara, were invited back to the competition this year due to their forced withdrawal from last season’s tournament due to the swine flu epidemic. Leandro González, who scored the only goal in the first leg for Estudiantes, opened the scoring after just four minutes for the Argentines but Diego de la Torre replied for the visitors just three minutes later. The game was sealed in the second half with two goals in five minutes from Leandro Benítez giving Estudiantes a 4-1 aggregate victory. Brazilians Cruzeiro also eased their way through against three-times Libertadores winners Nacional of Montevideo with Thiago Rebeiro scoring four times in a 6-1 aggregate win for the Belo Horizonte side who will play against compatriots São Paulo in the next round.

On Thursday Brazilian success in the tournament continued with the progression of Internacional at the expense of Argentinian Apertura champions Banfield thanks to away goals. Inter were beaten 3-1 in the first leg but their away goal proved crucial once Alecsandro and Walter had given the Porto Alegre outift a 2-0 lead in the second leg. With the game tied 3-3 on aggregate the Brazilians just squeezed past El Taladro who were participating in only their third ever Libertadores. In Paraguay Club Libertad were involved in a struggle against 2008 champions Once Caldas from Colombia. Dayro Moreno gave the Colombians the lead after 55 minutes meaning that Club Libertad had to score twice without reply in order to go through. Roberto Gamarra stepped up to the occasion by converting a 73rd minute penalty and a last-gasp 89th minute winner to give the Paraguayans a 2-1 win on the night and on aggregate. The final match of the round was played in Chile and it turned out to be very controversial. One nil down from the first leg, Peruvians Alianza Lima were leading the second leg 2-1 on the night and going through on away goals when, a couple of minutes into stoppage time, Seymour’s shot gave Universidad de Chile a third goal of the tie to give the Chileans the advantage. However there appeared to be three players in an offside position but the linesman and the referee deemed the goal valid much to the annoyance of the Alianza players who surrounded the referee after the game, forcing the officials to be given a police escort from the field. Watch highlights here:


Universidad de Chile v Flamengo

São Paulo v Cruzeiro

Estudiantes de La Plata v Internacional

Club Libertad v Chivas Guadalajara

(1st Legs May 11-13; 2nd Leg May 18-20)