Copa Libertadores Wrap: April 7 – 9

10 04 2009

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A full week of Libertadores matches took place this week as teams seek points to advance to the knockout stages which are less than 1 month away.  On Tuesday, Libertad’s perfect record ended with a 2-1 road loss to Universitario in Lima.  The Peruvians took the 3 points when Piero Alva scoring in the 62 minute to move Universitario into 2nd place in Group 8 with 8 points.  La U just needs a draw against San Lorenzo in their next match to insure their place in the Round of 16.

Wednesday’s matches were less dramatic than Tuesday’s as every team won by at least 2 goals.  The most impressive being Estudiantes’ 4-0 win over Cruzeiro in La Plata. Cristian Sanchez Prette continued his heroics with 2 late goals to solidify the La Pincha victory and 2nd place in Group 5. The midfielder, on loan from Romanian club CFR Cluj, continues a memorable stretch.  He scored the equalizer late against eternal rival Gimnasia last Sunday and added his first goals of the Libertadores in beating Cruzeiro.

Thursday’s matches featured the biggest name teams in the tournament.  Defending champions Liga De Quito lost 3 points at home to Colo Colo when veteran forward Claudio Bieler scored an own goal in 2nd half injury time to split points with the Chilean side.  The ’08 champions are now 2 points out of a Round of 16 spot with 2 matches remaining.

3-time Copa Libertadores champions Sao Paulo got two goals from Borges and managed to keep the 3 points despite an own goal from Sao Paulo icon Rogerio Ceni.  The 2-1 victory at the Morumbi over Uruguay’s Defensor Sporting moved Tricolor Paulista into 1st place of Group 4 and pretty much secured a spot into the Round of 16.

Boca Juniors continued their smooth ride towards a 7th Libertadores title with a comfortable 3-1 home win versus Paraguayan side Guarani.  Los Xeneizes biggest names came through as Martin Palermo, Rodrigo Palacio, & Juan Roman Riquelme scored to give Boca the victory and inside track for the #1 seed in the knockout stage.

Here are the results from this week of matches:

Tuesday, April 7th

Group 3
Club Nacional (PAR) 1 – 1 San Martin (PER)
NAC: Fabio Escobar (66′)
SNM: Martin Arzuaga (42′)

River Plate (ARG) 0 – 0 Nacional (URU)

Group 7
Gremio (BRA) 3 – 0 Aurora (BOL)
GRE: Rafael Marques (33′), Maximiliano López (64′), Réver (82′)

Group 8
Universitario de Deportes (PER) 2 – 1 Libertad (PAR)
UNI: Ronaille Calheira (28′) & Piero Alva (62′)
LIB: Ximénez (13′)

Wednesday, April 8th

Group 8
San Luis Potosi (MEX) 2 – 0 San Lorenzo (ARG)
SLP: Jesús Palacios Olague (44′) & José Rodolfo Reyes (68′)

Group 7
Universidad de Chile (CHI) 3 – 0 Boyaca Chico FC (COL)
UCI: Emilio Hernandez (22′), Juan Manuel Olivera (48′), Nelson Cuevas (90′)

Group 5
Estudiantes LP (ARG) 4 – 0 Cruzeiro (BRA)
EST: Juan Sebastián Veron (6′), Gastón Fernandez (32′), Cristian Sanchez Prette (74′ & 78′)

Group 1
Sport Recife (BRA) 0 – 2 Palmeiras (BRA)
PAL: Keirrison (23′) & Diego Souza (72′)

Thursday, April 9th

Group 1
Liga De Quito (ECU) 1 -1  Colo Colo (CHI)
LDQ: Jairo Rolando Campos (48′)
COL: Claudio Bieler (og 90’+1′)

Group 4
Sao Paulo (BRA) 2 – 1 Defensor Sporting (URU)
SPO: Borges (71′ & 75′)
DEF: Rogerio Ceni (og 39′)

Group 2
Boca Juniors (ARG) 3 – 1 Club Guarani (PAR)
BOC: Martin Palermo (34′), Rodrigo Palacio (36′), Juan Román Riquelme (pen 86′)
GUA: Miguel Paniagua (44′)





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7 04 2009

Yes, how time flies.  We now have posted ten shows in this new cycle.  You know what it could not have been at a better time and with a better guest.  CNN SI’s Greg Sica was with and he taught us about the best hang outs and why everyone in Uruguay loves TITS (not those, you pervs!).  George starts to feel the the effects of strip clubs as well as his new partnership with Dr. Sica as they scrounge the world looking for hot soccer women.

Oh by the way we did talk about  South America, Spain, Champions League, and some CONCACAF in this edition of Mad About Futbol.

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