Thursday, August 27, 2015

From Surprises, Hattricks & The Same Old

The second round of the Copa Sudamericana started for most and continued for others.

It was kicked off by the second leg between Brazilian teams Goiás and Brasília. The away team, after drawing in the first leg, managed to upset in the return one. A 0-2 away win for the Serie D side means they advance to the round of 16 after silencing the crowd at Goiás.

Defensor Sporting started off their tie against Universitario de Deportes with a 3-0 home win. Like in the first round, the Uruguayans go into the second leg once again with a huge advantage that they cannot possibly lose. Or can they? La U did not defend very well throughout the match and disappointed in this form. They are the last international hope of Peru and will need to pull a surprise out of their bags back at home.

Ecuador’s LDU Quito continued their magnificent recent form with a 1-0 home win over Paraguay’s Club Nacional. The guests went down in the 41st minute due to a strike from midfielder Holger Matamoros, which they could not recover from.


Chapecoense dominated in the rain at home and are qualified for the round of 16.

Two Brazilian clashes saw pretty clear scorelines after 90 minutes. Sport Recife beat Bahia 4-1, scoring most goals late after the game was tied nearly 80 minutes in. Chapecoense got things going with a penalty goal in the last minute of the first half and followed it up with two more goals in the second half against Ponte Preta, making it a 3-0 final. With those high results, both Chapecoense and Recife have qualified for the next round of the Copa Sudamericana.

Over in Argentina, Arsenal de Sarandí faced Independiente. The game ended 1-1 and kept the guests’ 9 match unbeaten streak (through all competitions) going. Federico Lértora (32’) gave Arsenal the lead with a fantastic goal from the edge of the area that I linked below. But it was not enough to get the win. Goalkeeper Oscar Limia did not look on the tying goal from Julián Vitale in the 70th minute.

Usually one of the lower scoring teams in the Argentinian league, Huracán burned down a firework last night with a 5-2 away win at Tigre. The hosts had seemingly zero defensive control in this match and fell down 0-5 after about an hour. In the process, Cristian Espinoza scored a hattrick. Wilchez and Luna got two goals back before the end, but it looks very doubtful that Tigre can make a comeback away to Huracán.

The Paraguayans from Olimpia, who have also had a fantastic August, need a strong performance away at Águilas Pereira. The first leg at home only ended 1-1, after Olimpia had led for a long time through yet another Núñez goal. But the Colombians fought back and equalized through Luis Páez’ late strike in the 87th minute.

Finally, Deportes Tolima dropped their home game to Atlético Junior from Colombia. While the game was tied 0-0 for a long time, an unnecessary penalty was converted by substitute Vladimir Hernández in the 74th.

TONIGHT: I will follow the Nacional vs Santa Fe match in detail. Look out for the match report!


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