South American Futbol - Libertadores, Sudamericana, World Cup 2010

Libertad defeat Once Caldas in the Copa Libertadores


To defeat Once Caldas, Libertad needed a late goal

On Thursday in Asuncion, Colombia’s Libertad rallied from behind to upset Once Caldas 2-1 in a thrilling match played in the pouring rain. After the first leg of the match, which was played in Manizales last week, went scoreless, the outcome guaranteed the Paraguayans a spot in the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals.

When Libertad was given a penalty kick in the 26th minute, they had the ideal chance to go in front. Luis Martinez, the goalie for Once Caldas, turned aside Pedro Velazquez’s attempt.

The 2004 Copa Libertadores champions Once Caldas unexpectedly took the lead through forward Dayro Moreno in the 55th minute.

In the 72nd minute, Libertad’s substitute Roberto Gamarra scored a penalty kick to tie the score, but the Paraguayans still needed a goal to advance.

Gamarra, to the surprise of the Colombians, beat Martinez with a long-range strike in stoppage time of the second half to give Libertad the win and advancement into the quarterfinals.

In the competition’s last eight, Libertad—who has never claimed the Copa Libertadores—will take against Chivas de Guadalajara.

Following a goal in their 3-1 loss to Banfield in Buenos Aires the previous week, Internacional defeated Banfield of Argentina 2-0 in Porto Alegre to go to the quarterfinals on the away goals rule.

Inter knew they needed to win by a two-goal margin in a difficult match to advance, and the Brazilians achieved this with goals from Alecsandro and Walter.

Internacional—the fourth Brazilian team to guarantee qualification in the quarterfinals, will play host to reigning champions Estudiantes de La Plata.

Alianza Lima tied the overall score against Universidad de Chile in Santiago by scoring in the 25th minute after losing 1-0 to them in Lima the previous week.

However, the Chileans ultimately equalized in the 63rd minute thanks to a goal from Eduardo Vargas after exerting significant pressure.

When Fernandez scored his second goal with three minutes left in the second half, it appeared like Alianza Lima would advance. However, a contentious goal from Felipe Seymour in stoppage time gave La ‘U’ a 1-1 and allowed them to go.

After a review with match referee Carlos Vela, the goal was upheld after Seymour’s deflected volley from outside the area struck the back of the net. The linesman first seemed to rule the goal out for offside.

The irate Peruvians, including the players and coaching staff, demonstrated against the debatable choice, and riot police had to surround the match officials to stop attacks on them.

In the Copa Libertadores quarterfinal match, Flamengo of Brazil will take on Universidad de Chile. The sides previously faced off in the group stage, with the Chileans coming out on top at home and drawing away.



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