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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.

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.

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.


LDU Quito in a Liga of their own

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on December 3, 2009
Copa Sudamericana Logo

The Copa Sudamericana is South America's version of the UEFA Europa League

Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito, better known as LDU Quito, have won the 2009 Copa Nissan Sudamericana after what became an angst-ridden 5-4 aggregate victory in a two-legged final against Brazilian giants Fluminense. This is the third continental success for the Ecuadorians after winning the 2008 Copa Libertadores (South American Champions League), again beating Fluminense, and the 2009 Recopa (a South American version of the European Super Cup) in which they defeated another Brazilian team Internacional of Porto Alegre 4-0 over two legs. It has been a meteoric rise for the club who have steadily built a good footballing side and have become the dominant force in Ecuador. Their appearance in the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup final against Manchester United made the football world take notice despite their narrow defeat to a lone Wayne Rooney strike.

It hasn’t all been plain sailing for LDU this year. In the 2009 Copa Libertadores they came crashing back down to earth after the previous year’s joy of success. LDU finished bottom of their group behind Sport Recife, Palmeiras (both from Brazil) and Chilean representatives Colo Colo. Thankfully for LDU they finished second in the first stage of the Ecuador Serie A championship, thus qualifying for the Sudamericana, and from there they rediscovered their form in continental competition. After a first round 2-1 aggregate win against Libertad of Paraguay LDU then went on to beat Argentinians Lanus 5-1 (agg.) and Velez Sarsfield 3-2 (agg.) to set up a semi-final tie with Uruguay’s River Plate. A 7-0 drubbing of their opponents in the first leg meant that LDU could afford to take their foot off the gas in the second leg, which they lost 2-1. This set up a second major final with Fluminense who had overcome Paraguayans Cerro Porteno 3-1 (agg.) in their semi-final.

In the first leg of the final in Quito it was the Brazilians that struck early, Marquinho giving the visitors the lead after sixty seconds. After that though LDU dominated with Edison Mendez scoring a hat-trick before the hour mark and two late goals from Franklin Salas and Ulises de la Cruz securing a 5-1 lead to take to Rio de Janeiro. In the second leg the Ecudorians were on the defensive from early on as Dieguinho and Fred gave “Flu” a 2-0 lead at half-time. Any ideas that LDU may have had before the game of cruising this second leg were dashed even further eighteen minutes from the end when Gum made it 3-0 on the night to the Rio side. However despite the best efforts of Fluminense they couldn’t get the fourth goal necessary to take the match into extra-time (away goals not counting in this tournament) and the party could start once again in the Ecuadorian capital after LDU held out to win the final 5-4 on aggregate. LDU are now the envy of Ecuador having shown that they are in a league of their own for handling the big occasion. As a reward for this victory LDU will play Estudiantes de la Plata, the team that replaced them as Copa Libertadores champions in 2009, in the 2010 Recopa final.