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Libertadores shock for holders, U de Chile finally lose

Teams left in the Copa Libertadores, South America’s premier club competition, concluded their quarter final ties last week. Going into the 2nd legs the ties stood as follows: -

Chivas de Guadalajara (Mexico) 3 – 0 Libertad (Paraguay)
Universidad de Chile 3 – 2 Flamengo (Brazil)
Sao Paolo (Brazil) 2 -0 Cruziero (Brazil)
Estudiantes (Argentina & Holders) 0 – 1 Internacional (Brazil)

The biggest of those games were held in Santiago and La Plata. The holders Estudiantes went into their home game with Internacional of Brazil looking to overturn a 1 goal defecit and looked on track to do so after a great first half. On 19 minutes Juan Sebastian Veron delivered a magnificent cross field ball from 10 yards inside his half to the edge of the box where  Leandro Gonzalez had lost his full back and chipped simply over Abbondanzieri. Two minutes later Enzo Perez netted a second and Estudiantes led the tie up until the 88th minute Giuliano scored a crucial away goal for the visitors in a smoke filled penalty area. The end of the game was marred by a bit of a big scuffle.

Flamengo had a poor first tie at home to Universidad de Chile. The Chilean side were the only undefeated side in the tournament though so they were hardly dealing with poor opposition. U de Chile had won that game 3-2 despite being down to 10 men for the majority of the second half. Flamengo scored two cracking goals, the first was assisted by an inspired overhead kick from Adriano which Vagner love helped towards the goal at the far post.  Walter Montillo equalised for U de Chile by delicately chipping the keeper from all of 25 yards out. The second  Flamengo goal came from a lovely piece of interchange between Kleberson and Adriano leading to the ‘Emperor’ scoring. Sadly this wasn’t enough to put Flamengo through to the semi finals.

The other results of the 2nd leg games were

Libertad 2 – 0 Guadalajara (2-3)
Sao Paolo 2 – 0 Cruziero (4-0)

This means that the semi finals will be as follows:

Sao Paolo vs Internacional
Guadalajara vs Universidad de Chile

To be played on the 29th July and 5th August, there will be at least one Brazilian side in the final.

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