Copa Libertadores Wrap: April 7 – 9

10 04 2009
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′)


You Are All Invited…

31 03 2009


Mad About Fútbol will be hosting its first-ever chat during the Venezuela-Colombia match Tuesday night in Puerto Ordaz. Join us as we will be talking about the game, other events worldwide, and any other stuff you want to talk about.

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CONMEBOL Week 11 Results And Standings

29 03 2009


Uruguay took a huge leap towards getting back into the race to qualifying for South Africa 2010 with a convincing win over first place Paraguay at the mythical Centenario in Montevideo.  It was the vanguard (Diego Forlán and Diego Lugano) that scored both goals for Oscar Washington Tabárez’ club.  They will now face a Chile side in Santiago that made history against archrivals Peru.
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Colombia Anxious To Host Peru In Medellín

22 03 2009


Federation president Luis Bedoya took a huge step towards fulfilling one of his promises from back in his electoral campaign.  He started to make the necessary steps in order to play a home game in the city of Medellín.

Medellín is colombia’s second largest city and for the past decade has been one of the venues that averaged the largest number of fans.  the Mayor’s office of the City of Medellín was notified of this and they are committed to having the Atanasio Girardot ready by June when Colombia host Peru for the World Cup Qualifiers. The Federation also mentioned that there need to be some renovations done to the stadium as per FIFA Recommendations.

They will start various projects such as the installation of seats in the 45,000-capacity  venue as well as the relocation of  team benches.

Medellín would become a world Cup qualifying venue for the first time in well over 30 years.

Uh, what was this article about?  I know they will be at the stadium.

Uh, what was this article about? I know they will be at the stadium.

In addition, the city would also be getting its ready for the U-20 world Cup in 2011.

The City of Eternal Spring

The City of Eternal Spring