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CONMEBOL: Universidad win maiden Sudamericana title (video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on December 15, 2011

Universidad de Chile are the deserved winners of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana. Their 3-0 second leg victory at home to LDU Quito last night completed a 4-0 aggregate win and brought with it the chance to compete in next year’s Copa Libertadores.

Eduardo Vargas, as so often in this competition, proved himself to be the hero for the Chileans. Vargas, who scored the only goal of the first leg last week in Ecuador, struck in only the third minute of the match to double Universidad’s advantage on aggregate. Second half strikes by Gustavo Lorenzetti and Vargas sealed the deal for La U who, as a result of their unbeaten run in this competition, won their first ever continental title.

Universidad de Chile have the chance to increase their trophy tally next year when facing off against 2011 Copa Libertadores winners Santos in the Recopa (South American Super Cup) and in the Suruga Bank championship which sees the Chilean champions face off against Japanese J-League Cup winners Kashima Antlers.

CONMEBOL: Vargas helps Universidad to slender lead (video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on December 9, 2011

It’s first blood to Universidad de Chile in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana final following their 1-0 first leg victory over Ecuadorians LDU Quito last night. Eduardo Vargas’s goal in the 43rd minute of the game proved the difference as the Chilean champions take a slender one goal into next Wednesday’s second leg in Santiago. For Universidad their unbeaten run in this year’s competition continues, having not lost a game in any of the eleven matches they’ve faced so far. If they maintain that record in the second leg then they will win the first continental title in their history.

CONMEBOL: Quito secure berth in Sudamericana final (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on November 30, 2011

Copa SudamericanaEcuadorians LDU Quito have managed to secure their place in another Copa Sudamericana final following their 1-0 second leg victory over Argentinians Vélez Sársfield on Tuesday evening.

The 2009 Sudamericana winners were already leading 2-0 from the first leg played in the Ecuadorian capital last week and it was first leg hero Hernan Barcos who made sure of Vélez’s departure from the competition by scoring the only goal of last night’s contest in the 48th minute.

Having won the Copa Libertadores and Sudamericana in recent years LDU Quito are starting to make their name as a footballing powerhouse in South America and they will hope to win yet another piece of silverware in the two-legged final on December 7th and 14th. They will meet the winners of tonight’s other semi-final between Universidad de Chile and Vasco da Gama, which remains in deadlock following last week’s 1-1 draw in Rio.

CONMEBOL: LDU Quito have one foot in Sudamericana final (+video)

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

LDU Quito have given themselves a great chance of reaching this year’s final by defeating Argentinian giants Vélez Sársfield in the semi final, first leg.

Following a goalless first half, LDU Quito had Hernan Barcos to thank for scoring the goals which have allowed the Ecuadorians to put one foot in this year’s final. LDU have made a habit out of winning major titles in South America in recent years having won the 2008 Copa Libertadores, 2009 Copa Sudamericana as well as winning back-to-back Recopa (South American Super Cup) titles in 2009-10. Velez, though, will have home advantage in the second leg, which takes place this coming Tuesday evening, and will hope to win their first major continental silverware since winning the 1997 Recopa.

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.



South America: Estudiantes and LDU grab the honours

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on December 13, 2010

The title race was settled in Argentina this weekend whilst the first stage in Ecuador’s top league also came to a conclusion. As it turned out two of South America’s most successful teams on the continent in recent years, Estudiantes de La Plata and LDU Quito, went on to add silverware to their domestic honours board.

In Argentina the title race went down to the final day and it was a two-horse race between two of the country’s top clubs, Estudiantes and Velez Sarsfield. Four-times champions of Argentina and South America, Estudiantes were in the ascendancy going into the final round of matches as they had a two point lead over Velez. This meant that Velez needed a win and hope for an Estudiantes defeat to claim the title outright or a draw to take the season into a championship play-off fixture. At half-time the omens were looking good for Velez as Juan Manuel Martinez’s 23rd minute goal had them leading their tie away at Racing Club whilst Estudiantes were drawing 0-0 at home in La Plata against Arsenal de Sarandi.

In the second half things got better for Velez as Maximiliano Moralez doubled their lead in the 57th minute leaving most of the fans in the stadium listening to their radios for the latest news coming from La Plata. For Velez fans, however, the title dream would be over in the final twenty minutes of the season as Rodrigo Lopez bagged a brace for Estudiantes which would guarantee them their fifth Argentine championship, their first for four years. The La Plata giants won with 45 points from 19 games, two more than Velez who will rue the two points dropped in the goalless draw against, ironically, Estudiantes’ local rivals Gimnasia Y Esgrima de La Plata on Matchday 14 as the difference between success and failure.

In Ecuador the country’s most successful club Emelec were hoping to defeat the continental powerhouses of LDU Quito in the championship 1st stage final which was played over two legs this week. In the first leg last Sunday LDU won their home tie 2-0 with a double strike from Miller Bolanaos with his second goal in the 92nd minute of the match ultimately proving crucial. Yesterday Emelec won the return fixture with a David Quiroz goal on the hour mark but the 1-0 win proved not enough with LDU prevailing 2-1 on aggregate.

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.


Recopa: LDU Quito secure double triumph

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on September 9, 2010
Recopa logo

The logo for the Recopa which was won by LDU Quito in 2010

Defending Recopa (South American Super Cup) holders LDU Quito have successfully defended their title after seeing off Argentinians Estudiantes de La Plata in the second leg of the 2010 edition. After the first leg saw them win their home tie 2-1 against the 2009 Copa Libertadores holders, LDU Quito held out for a 0-0 draw in the return leg played in Quilmes, Buenos Aires last night and secure the latest in a string of continental silverware for Ecuador’s most successful club of modern times. Having triumphed in the 2008 Copa Libertadores, LDU Quito won the Copa Sudamericana in 2009 and those two titles allowed them to participate in the Recopa which they have now won in successive years and they now join Sao Paulo and Boca Juniors as the only clubs to have achieved this feat.


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.


Suruga: One in the Bank for Japan as Tokyo beat Quito (+video)

Posted in Asian Football, South America Football by peterbein on August 5, 2010

The Suruga Bank championship is a one-off match, similar to the European Super Cup, which pits the winners of the Copa Sudamericana against the Japanese J-League Cup holders. The Japanese club, by tradition, hosts the game and this year the honour was bestowed upon FC Tokyo – who beat Kawasaki Frontale 2-0 in the 2009 J-League Cup final – and they had the tough task of playing against LDU Quito, a team who are the defending Sudamericana title holders after beating Fluminense 5-4 in last year’s two-legged final. Stoppage Time – International Football Blog describes the best of the action.

The Ecuadorians were big favourites going into this game especially as they had made a habit of winning international titles in the last couple of years. Copa Libertadores champions in 2008, Liga Deportiva Universitaria (to give them their full name) then secured Sudamericana and Recopa (South American Super Cup) honours in 2009 and were hoping to add to the set in the Japanese capital on Wednesday night. FC Tokyo, however, had national pride to fight for because the previous two contests in the competition’s brief history had concluded with victory for South American sides. The inaugural tournament in 2008 saw Argentinian club Arsenal de Sarandi come out 1-0 winners against Gamba Osaka whilst in 2009 Brazilian club Internacional triumphed over Ōita Trinita by a 2-1 scoreline. This time, though, things would turn out differently.

The game started off slowly but began to liven up when Hernán Barcos scored with a beautiful strike from the edge of the penalty box in the 27th minute to give LDU Quito the lead. The lead didn’t last long as just five minutes had elapsed before FC Tokyo found the net when Sōta Hirayama tucked the ball home from close range following up a save from Sotan Tanabe’s long-range shot. In the second half the Ecuadorians took the lead again from the penalty spot after Jorge Guagua was brought down in the box and Patrico Urrutia stepped up to make it two goals to one. The team from the Ecuadorian capital looked nervous as the game neared its end and it was one minute into stoppage time that their resistance of FC Tokyo finally came to an end when Masashi Oguro got on the end of a flick on from a long punt up forward and steered the ball past keeper Alexander Domínguez. This meant that the game headed towards the dreaded penalty shoot-out and for the Ecuadorians it would be disappointing to see Carlos Luna and Patricio Urrutia miss their kicks, the latter especially seeing as he scored from the spot in regular time. After five penalties each it was FC Tokyo who would triumph 4-3 when Yōhei Kajiyama scored the deciding goal to give FC Tokyo their first international title.