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South America: LDU progress to Sudamericana last eight (+video)

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

2009 Copa Sudamericana champions LDU Quito became the first team to reach the quarter-finals of this year’s tournament on Wednesday. In last night’s Round of 16 second leg against defending champions Independiente the Ecuadorians, who were 2-0 up from the first match a fortnight earlier, lost out to a lone strike from Leonel Núñez. That, however, only reduced the arrears by half and the Argentinian side were unable to find a second goal which would’ve taken the match into a penalty shoot-out. LDU will now face off against either São Paulo (Brazil) or Club Libertad (Paraguay) fixture in the next round.



Recopa: Internacional claim second triumph in four years

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on August 25, 2011

Recopa SudamericanaThe 2011 Recopa Sudamericana (South American Super Cup) was won by Brazilian side Internacional on Wednesday night. The 2010 Copa Libertadores champions were 2-1 down from the first leg to 2010 Copa Sudamericana winners Independiente before they turned it around in the return fixture with a 3-1 win.

Leandro Damião gave the Brazilians a 2-0 half-time lead in last night’s second leg, played at their home ground in Porto Alegre, thanks to a brace scored in the first half but the Argentinians equalized through Maximiliano Velázquez just four minutes after the break. With the aggregate score tied at 3-3, and with the clock ticking away, any late goal would be almost certain to win the contest. The Porto Alegre side’s prayers were answered when they won a penalty kick in the 82nd minute which was converted by Kléber. Internacional saw out the rest of the game to hold on to the 4-3 aggregate victory to claim the club’s second Recopa triumph in four years.

Recopa: Independiente hold slender advantage after first leg (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on August 11, 2011

2010 Copa Sudamericana champions Independiente got the better of 2010 Copa Libertadores winners Internacional de Porto Alegre in the first leg of the Recopa on Wednesday. In the South American equivalent of the Super Cup, there are two legs as opposed to the one-off fixture which is prevalent in Europe.

The first leg was won by Independiente with a 2-1 score line despite Leandro Damião giving the Brazilians the lead after 36 minutes. The Argentinians clawed their way back just four minutes later through Maximiliano Velázquez and the first game was sealed with Marco Pérez scoring the winning goal on 72 minutes.

Both of these teams have won this competition on one occasion, Independiente in 1995 and Internacional in 2007, and the second leg to be played on August 24th will decide which one of these great clubs will win the trophy for the second time.

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.


Sudamericana: Goias have one hand on the trophy (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on December 2, 2010

Goias Esporte Clube, recently relegated from the Brazilian top flight, look set to win their first continental title after defeating Argentinian side Independiente 2-0 in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final last night.

Both goals came in the first 20 minutes of the match as Rafael Moura and Neto found the back of the net to gift the modest Brazilian outfit a comfortable advantage to defend in next week’s second leg in Argentina.

Independiente will have to produce another stirring fightback following the one which helped them progress from the semi-finals against 2009 champions LDU Quito. But with no away goals to show from the first leg they will have to be even more clinical, both in attack and defence, if they are to win the Sudamericana for the first time.

The winners of the trophy will also gain entry into the 2011 Copa Libertadores tournament and for one of these clubs, both of whom have had a poor season in their domestic leagues, success could be doubly sweet when the final whistle blows at the end of next Wednesday’s cruial return fixture.

Sudamericana: Goiás and Independiente progress to final (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on November 26, 2010

After this week’s semi-final, second legs the identities of the 2010 Copa Sudamericana finalists are now known. Little known Goiás Esporte Clube are through to their first ever continental final following an away goals win over compatriots Palmeiras whilst Argentina’s Independiente also progressed to the two-legged final via the same method.

The first leg of the all-Brazilian clash finished in a narrow 1-0 away win for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Palmeiras team and the expectation was heavy on the former Copa Libertadores champions to progress to a first continental final since 1999. They didn’t reckon on the determination of a Goiás side who never knew when they were beaten in this tie and the 2-1 victory at the home of Palmeiras was deserved as much as it was unexpected. The turnaround in fortunes was all the more unexpected seeing as Luan gave Palmeiras the lead in the second leg, his 34th minute strike doubling the Verdão‘s advantage on aggregate. But Goiás were back in the game on the stroke of half-time as Carlos Alberto levelled the scores on the night and halved the aggregate deficit to 2-1. Suddenly Palmeiras had to try and resist further attacks from the outsiders but Goiás stuck to the task ahead and managed to take a second leg lead with just seven minutes of the game remaining. Ernando’s 83rd minute close range header gave Goiás the advantage on away goals with the overall score tied at 2-2 and for Palmeiras coach Scolari his dream had turned into a nightmare. With little time remaining to get back into the game Palmeiras just didn’t possess the spirit to score agin, much to the relief of the visitors who rejoiced in celebration at the final whistle.


Independiente are back in the big time after reaching their first continental final since winning the 1995 Supercopa Sudamericana. The self-proclaimed Rey de Copas (King of Cups), seven-times winners of the Copa Libertadores, hope to add South American football’s youngest competition to the trophy cabinet after getting the better of defending champions LDU Quito after a tense couple of legs.

Independiente, 3-0 down to LDU in the first leg, managed to pull two goals back and it is those strikes that made all the difference. In the second leg on Thursday Facundo Parra gave Independiente the lead after 27 minutes to tie the aggregate score at 3-3 but LDU managed to score in first-half stoppage time when Juan Manuel Salgueiro popped up to restore parity on the night and regain the Ecudaorians’ aggregate lead. If LDU had ideas to keep it tight after the break their plans were blown out of the water just sixty seconds into the second half after Hernan Fredes scored what proved to be the most important goal of the two legs. With a 4-4 aggregate scoreline the Argentinians went through courtesy of away goals and they now hope to restore some honours to a trophy cabinet which has been running a little bit bare in recent years.