South American Futbol - Libertadores, Sudamericana, World Cup 2010

Copa Libertadores: Chivas cruise past Libertad

Bravo scored twice in Chivas’ 3-0 win over Libertad

Chivas de Guadalajara are just a step away from the Copa Libertadores semi-finals after hammering Libertad of Paraguay 3-0 in the first leg of the quarter-finals at the Jalisco stadium on Tuesday. Chivas proved far superior to their opponents, and kept alive their chances of becoming the first Mexican team to lift the prestigious South American title.

Omar Bravo put Chivas ahead in the 8th minute, when he met a left-wing free-kick with a fine header. Ricardo Vazquez doubled their lead with a shot from the edge of the area in the 30th minute.

Libertad had a perfect opportunity to pull a goal back in the 48th minute, but Rodolfo Vicente Gamarra failed to convert a penalty kick.

Bravo sealed a comprehensive victory for Chivas in the 81st minute with a shot from the edge of the area. The sparce crowd of 19,000 at the 80,000-capacity Jalisco stadium celebrated Chivas’ second straight 3-0 home win of the tournament — the first coming against Velez Sarsfield of Argentina.

Chivas, who were without five first-choice players due to national team commitments with Mexico, dominated their opponents from the start to the finish, and are on course for a semi-finals appearance.

The first legs of the other quarter-finals are between Flamengo and Universidad de Chile and Cruzeiro and Sao Paulo — both matches will be played on Wednesday — and defending champions Estudiantes de La Plata up against Internacional on Thursday.



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