Copa Libertadores Wrap: April 14 – 16

17 04 2009

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50 Years of Passion is what the 50th Anniversary Copa Libertadores is all about. The tournament is 2 weeks away from finalizing the seedings for the knockout stage. There is still a lot of maneuvering as teams look to finish in the top 2 slots in their groups.

Group 6 is setting up for some massive drama on the final day after Venezuelan side FC Caracas pulled an important 3 points at home versus Chilean side Everton. Darío Figueroa’s penalty in the 62nd minute sealed the gritty 1-0 win and moved FC Caracas into 1st place. Chivas of Guadalajara failed to better their position in the group after their 0-0 home draw versus Lanus and now sit 1 point back of Caracas in 2nd with Everton in 3rd sitting 2 points behind the Venezuelans.

Wednesday featured 4 Brazilian teams in action. Palmeiras hosted Sport Recife in a crucial Group 1 match that ended in a 1-1 draw that boosted Sport’s chances of advancing to its 1st ever knockout stage. Wilson’s 45th minute goal canceled out Keirrison’s 15th minute penalty. Sao Paulo lost 2-1 in Colombia to Independiente Medellin and lost their undefeated record however the Tricolor Paulista is still in the next round. Gremio remained unbeaten with a big 2-0 road win versus La U de Chile. Tricolor Gaucho is now in a good spot for a #1 seed in the knockout stage.

On Thursday, Boyacá Chicó moved closer to their 1st ever knockout stage when they beat Aurora 2-1 at home. Marco Perez scored the eventual game winner in the 69th minute, the Colombians are in 2nd place in Group 7 with 9 points and only need a draw in their next match to advance.

Here are the results from this week’s Libertadores action:

TUESDAY, APRIL 14

Group 5
Deportivo Quito (ECU) 3 – 1 Univ. de Sucre (BOL)
DPQ: Luis Saritama (12′ & pen 61′) & Léider Preciado (pen 43′)
USC: Nicolas Raimondi (27′)

Group 6
FC Caracas (VEN) 1 – 0 Everton (CHI)
CAR: Darío Figueroa (pen 62′)

CD Guadalajara (MEX) 0 – 0 Lanus (ARG)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15th

Group 1
Palmeiras (BRA) 1 – 1 Sport Recife (BRA)
PAL: Keirrison (pen 15′)
SPO: Wilson (45′)

Group 4
Independiente Medellín (COL) 2 – 1 São Paulo (BRA)
DIM: Diego Cabrera (16′) & Rafael Castillo (27′)
SPO: André Lima (40′)

Group 7
Univ. de Chile (CHI) 0 – 2 Gremio (BRA)
GRE: Léo (33′) & Maximiliano López (66′)

THURSDAY, APRIL 16th

Group 2
Deportivo Táchira (VEN) 2 – 1 Guaraní (PAR)
TAC: Jonathan Del Valle (69′) & Marlon Fernández (75′)
GUA: Julián Benítez (18′)

Group 4
América de Cali (COL) 0 – 0 Defensor Sporting (URU)

Group 7
Boyacá Chicó FC (COL) 2 – 1 Aurora (BOL)
BOY: Miguel Caneo (pen 50′) & Marco Perez (69′)
AUR: Christian Fernández (88′)

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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′)