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Copa Libertadores March 20-21-22, 2007

March 24, 2007

*Match Reports Open in New Window (English)
En Español – CONMEBOL.com

Mar 20-mar-07 18.30 22.30 6 Caracas FC (VEN) 0 – 4 Colo Colo (CHI) AP
Mar 20-mar-07 20.45 00.45+ 3 Cerro Porteño (PAR) 2 – 1 Cucuta Deportivo (COL) AP

Mie 21-mar-07 19.30 22.30 1 CA Banfield (ARG) 3 – 1 Club America (MEX) AP
Mie 21-mar-07 18.45 00.45+ 2 Necaxa 2 – 1 Sao Paulo FC (BRA) AP
Mie 21-mar-07 21.45 00.45+ 5 Flamengo (BRA) 1 – 0 Parana (BRA) AP

Jue 22-mar-07 19.00 22.00 8 Gimnasia y Esgrima LP (ARG) 1 – 2 Santos (BRA) AP
Jue 22-mar-07 21.15 00.15+ 7 Boca Juniors (ARG) 3 – 0 CD Toluca (MEX) AP
Jue 22-mar-07 21.30 02.30+ 4 Emelec (ECU) 1 – 0 Nacional (URU) AP

Related on Soccer Golazo:
Copa Libertadores 2007 Fixtures and Results

Copa Libertadores March 15, 2007

March 24, 2007

*Match Reports Open in New Window (English)
En Español – CONMEBOL.com

Jue 15-mar-07 22.15 6 LDU Quito (ECU) 1 – 1 River Plate (ARG) ESPN
Jue 15-mar-07 00.30+ 3 Deportes Tolima (COL) 1 – 0 Gremio (BRA) AP
Jue 15-mar-07 21.45 02.45+ 8 Deportivo Pasto (COL) 1 – 2 Defensor Sporting (URU) AP

Related on Soccer Golazo:
Copa Libertadores 2007 Fixtures and Results

14.03.2007 Copa Libertadores

March 15, 2007

Copa Libertadores 14.03.2007

Results for Copa Libertadores Matches played 14 March 2007.

Related on Soccer Golazo:
Copa Libertadores 2007 Fixtures and Results

13.03.2007 Copa Libertadores

March 15, 2007

Copa Libertadores 13.03.2007

Results for Copa Libertadores Matches played 13 March 2007.

Related on Soccer Golazo:
Copa Libertadores 2007 Fixtures and Results

Copa Libertadores 08.03.2007

March 9, 2007

*Match Reports Open in New Window (English)
En Español – CONMEBOL.com

Jue 08-mar-07 17.15 22.15 7 Cienciano (PER) 5 – 1 Bolivar (BOL) AP
Jue 08-mar-07 21.30 00.30+ 6 River Plate (ARG) 0 – 1 Caracas FC (VEN) AP

Related on Soccer Golazo:
Copa Libertadores 2007 Fixtures and Results

Copa Libertadores 07.03.2007

March 9, 2007

*Match Reports Open in New Window (English)
En Español – CONMEBOL.com

Mar 07-mar-07 6 LDU Quito (ECU) 3 – 1 Colo Colo (CHI) AP
Mie 07-mar-07 00.15+ 3 Deportes Tolima (COL) 1 – 0 Cerro Porteño (PAR) AP
Mie 07-mar-07 02.30+ 1 Club America (MEX) 4 – 0 CA Banfield (ARG) Reuters

Related on Soccer Golazo:
Copa Libertadores 2007 Fixtures and Results

Copa Libertadores 06.03.2007

March 7, 2007

*Match Reports Open in New Window (English)
En Español – CONMEBOL.com

Mar 06-mar-07 21.15 00.15+ 8 Gimnasia y Esgrima LP (ARG) 3 – 2 Deportivo Pasto (COL) AP
Mar 06-mar-07 21.30 02.30+ 2 El Nacional (ECU) 1 – 1 Libertad (PAR) AP

Related on Soccer Golazo:
Copa Libertadores 2007 Fixtures and Results

Copa Libertadores Results 28.02.2007

March 1, 2007

Copa Libertadores – Fixtures and Results 28.02.2007

*Match Reports Open in New Window (English)
En Español – CONMEBOL.com

Mie 28-feb-07 21.45 00.45+ 4 Internacional (BRA) 3 – 0 Emelec (ECU) AP
Mie 28-feb-07 21.45 00.45+ 2 Sao Paulo FC (BRA) 4 – 0 Alianza Lima (PER) AP
Mie 28-feb-07 21.00 03.00+ 2 Necaxa (MEX) 2 – 0 Audax Italiano (CHI) AP
Mie 28-feb-07 22.00 4 Velez Sarsfield (ARG) 1 – 1 Nacional (URU) AP

Related on Soccer Golazo:
Copa Libertadores 2007 Fixtures and Results

Copa America Groups Drawn

February 15, 2007

Copa America 2007 – Venezuela

Copa America 2007 starts 26 June with hosts Venezuela versus Bolivia…(more)

Copa Libertadores Matches and Results

February 15, 2007

Copa Libertadores Matches and Results

Boca and Sao Paulo both draw in Copa Libertadores openers…(more)

Riquelme Goes Back to Boca Juniors

February 13, 2007

boca-juniors-soccer-ball.jpgRiquelme Returns To Boca Juniors

Juan Roman Riquelme returned to Boca Juniors on Monday. The former Argentina international is on loan from Villarreal for €1.5 million…(more)

Weekend Fixtures/Results 11.11.06 12.11.06

November 10, 2006

epl-laliga-afa-seriea.jpgFeatured Weekend Matches in the English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and Argentina Apertura.

Drogba 3. Van Nistelrooy 4. Ronaldinho 2.5.

A great goal scoring weekend.

Saturday, 11 November 2006

Blackburn 0 – 1 Manchester United
Louis Saha’s 64th minute goal keeps United 3 points up on Chelsea.

Chelsea 4 – 0 Watford
Didier Drogba’s brilliant run of form continues with another hat-trick. The Blues sit second, three behind United and 7 up on Arsenal, Aston Villa, and Bolton.
Goals (new window)

Valencia 1 – 1 Athletic de Bilbao
Fernando Morientes’ 44th minute goal is not enough as the visitors steal a point with a 90th minute goal from Llorente.

AC Milan 1 – 2 Roma
Totti grabs two as AC Milan slips to 20 points off the pace. Roma now sit third, just 4 points behind Inter and Palermo.
Totti First Goal (new window)
Winning Goal (new window)

Estudiantes de La Plata 3 – 1 River Plate
A raucous atmosphere as Estudiantes give the home crowd even more to cheer about, jumping over River into second. Both trail Boca with only four to play. River are 7 back and Estudiantes are 6 back.
Goals (new window)

Sunday, 12 November 2006

Arsenal 3 – 0 Liverpool
The Gunners are now third, ten points off the pace, as the Reds are 9th and fading. A strange scoresheet reads: Flamini, Toure, Gallas.

Reading 3 – 1 Tottenham
Spurs win over Chelsea becomes a distant memory as they lose on the road. Tottenham now sit 12th, one point behind victors Reading.

Racing de Santander 0 – 0 Sevilla
Sevilla lose their chance to stay on top, dropping to second, one point behind new leaders Barcelona.

Osasuna 1 – 4 Real Madrid
Ruud 11′, Ruud, 27′, Ruud 44′, Ruud 83′. Ruud not named to Dutch coach Marco van Basten’s side that plays England on Wednesday. 13 goals in 15 appearances for Ruud as Real keep pace, just 3 points behind Barca.
Goals – Match announcer should probably come with a warning label. (new window)

Barcelona 3 – 1 Zaragoza
Ronaldinho knocks home a nice header, top corners one of his patented free kicks, and hits the post on another for Saviola to tap in. Barcelona and Ronaldinho back on top.

Parma 1 – 2 Inter Milan
Golazo for Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 15th. Budan equalizes in the 26th. Julio Cruz steals the win in the 95th to keep Inter even at the top with Palermo.

Palermo 3 – 0 Torino
The hosts continue their stay atop Serie A with another impressive win. Goals from Eugenio Corini, David Di Michele, and Carvalho Amauri have Palermo even on points with Inter on 27.

Boca Juniors 3 – 1 Quilmes
Boca look in control as they don’t play a team higher than 10th in their remaining 4 matches. The leaders are now 6 up on Estudiantes and 7 up on River.

21′ Boca – Palermo
50′ Boca – Palacio
53′ Quilmes – Rusculleda
77′ Boca – Palermo penalty

Apertura Summary – FoxSoccer.com (new window)

Related:
Weekend Fixtures/Results 04.11.06 05.11.06

Gonzalo Higuain, River Plate Teenager Called Up By France

November 9, 2006

River Plate’s Gonzalo Higuain has been called up by France manager Ray Domenech to play in next week’s friendly against Greece.

Higuain is French-Argentinian and has stated his desire to play for France even though he does not speak French.

The 18 year-old sensation was born in France while his father was playing football in Ligue 1.

Most recently, Higuain impressed in the Superclasico against Boca Juniors scoring twice in the 3 – 1 River win.

Gonzalo Higuain at Wikipedia (new window)

Domenech calls up Higuain, Evra, Benzema – FoxSoccer.com AP (new window)

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Superclasico – River Plate 3 – 1 Boca Juniors – SoccerGolazo Match Report
River Merchandise

Boca Juniors Win Suspended Match

November 9, 2006

boca-juniors-soccer-ball.jpgWith only five rounds remaining in the Apertura, Boca Juniors widened their lead to four by defeating Gimnasia La Plata 4 – 1.

Tonight’s match was the second half of a suspended match from Week 6 in September. Gimnasia had led 1 – 0 at the break.

The original match was stopped at halftime when referee Daniel Gimenez claimed he was threatened by Gimnasia president Juan Jose Munoz.

Boca, with 35 points, now leads River Plate by 4 and Estudiantes by 6 with 14 rounds completed.

29′ Gimnasia – Silva penalty
46′ Boca – Martin Palermo penalty
49′ Boca – Rodrigo Palacio
72′ Boca – Marino
86′ Boca – Rodrigo Palacio

Match Report – FoxSoccer.com (new window)

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Boca Juniors v Racing Club, Rescheduled Match Ends in Draw
Boca Merchandise

Fernando Belluschi, River Plate Midfielder “Proud” of Real Madrid Interest

November 8, 2006

River Plate midfielder Fernando Belluschi says he is “proud” of the interest Real Madrid have shown in him.

Both Belluschi and Boca Juniors midfielder Fernando Gago are rumoured to be transfer window targets of the the Spanish giants.

River Plate’s Belluschi wants Real Madrid move – TribalFootball.com (new window)

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Fernando Gago Interested in Real Madrid Move
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River Merchandise

Fernando Gago Interested in Real Madrid Move

November 7, 2006

boca-juniors-soccer-ball.jpgBoca Juniors star midfielder Fernando Gago is interested in playing for Real Madrid.

In recent weeks, rumours have linked the 20 year-old to Fabio Capello’s side.

River plate midfielder Fernando Belluschi has been mentioned as a possible Real target as well.

Gago Eager for Real Switch – SportingLife.com (new window)

Real Madrid in advanced talks for Boca Juniors ace Gago – TribalFootball.com (new window)

Related:
Fernando Gago Rumours and River Plate’s Fernando Belluschi – 21.10.06
Fernando Belluschi, River Plate Midfielder “Proud” of Real Madrid Interest
Boca Merchandise

Carlos Tevez, Agent Says No Barcelona Offer Received

November 4, 2006

Carlos Tevez’s agent, Adrian Roucco is reportedly denying claims of a Barcelona offer for the West Ham striker.

Nearly from the moment Tevez and teammate Javier Mascherano arrived at the London club, rumours have run rampant linking the Argentine superstar to other European clubs.

Tevez’s agent rejects Barca claims – itv.com Report (new window)

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West Ham Crash Out of Lowly Carling Cup
Carlos Tevez Jerseys
Carlos Tevez Enjoying His Time at West Ham – 22.10.06

Gossip and Rumours, Hargreaves, Tevez, Crouch, and Beckham

November 3, 2006

The BBC’s football gossip has Owen Hargreaves, Carlos Tevez, Peter Crouch, David Beckham and more.

Owen Hargreaves:
Bayern warn Manchester United off midfielder.

Carlos Tevez:
West Ham reject Barcelona bid.

Peter Crouch:
Says Liverpool can still win the Premiership title this season.

David Beckham:
Was fined for being 10 minutes late for training on Thursday.

Friday’s football gossip – BBC (new window)

Weekend Fixtures/Results 04.11.06 05.11.06

November 3, 2006

epl-laliga-afa-seriea.jpgFeatured Weekend Matches in the English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and Argentina Apertura.

Champions League hangover as many of Europe’s top teams lose or draw.

Saturday 04 November 2006

Manchester United 3 – 0 Portsmouth
3′ United – Louis Saha penalty
10′ United – Cristiano Ronaldo
66′ United – Nemanja Vidic

Liverpool 2 – 0 Reading
14′ Liverpool – Dirk Kuyt
73′ Liverpool – Dirk Kuyt

Bolton 0 – 1 Wigan
79′ Wigan – Lee McCulloch

Deportivo La Coruna 1 – 1 Barcelona
40′ Barcelona – Ronaldinho penalty
73′ Deportivo – Antonio Juan Rodriguez
Goals 1:08 (new window)

Velez Sarsfield 0 – 1 Estudiantes de La Plata
8′ Estudiantes – Alayes

Sunday 05 November 2006

Tottenham 2 – 1 Chelsea
15′ Chelsea – Claude Makelele
25′ Tottenham – Michael Dawson
52′ Tottenham – Aaron Lennon

West Ham 1 – 0 Arsenal
89′ West Ham – Marlon Harewood

Real Madrid 1 – 2 Celta de Vigo
36′ Celta de Vigo – Anderson Nene
43′ Madrid – Emerson
83′ Celta de Vigo – Larena-Avellaneda Jorge
Match Highlights 1:47 (new window)

Sevilla 2 – 0 Osasuna
50′ Sevilla – Frederic Kanoute penalty
87′ Sevilla – Adriano Correia
Match Highlights 6:22 (new window)

Espanyol 1 – 1 Valencia
23′ Espanyol – Alberto Riera
43′ Valencia – Silva

Inter Milan 2 – 0 Ascoli
41′ Inter – Javier Zanetti
53′ Inter – Mirko Cudini own goal

Palermo 2 – 0 Sampdoria
35′ Palermo – Eugenio Corini
70′ Palermo – Cristian Zaccardo

Roma 3 – 1 Fiorentina
15′ Fiorentina – Tomas Ujfalusi
38′ Roma – Daniele De Rossi
49′ Roma – Rodrigo Taddei
66′ Roma – Rodrigo Taddei

Atalanta 2 – 0 AC Milan
50′ Atalanta – Nicola Ventola
90′ Atalanta – Andrea Soncin

River Plate 5 – 0 San Lorenzo
6′ River – Victor Zapata
7′ River – Ernesto Farias
61′ River – Victor Zapata
78′ River – Ariel Ortega
90′ River – Ernesto Farias
Match Highlights 7:49 (new window)

Arsenal Sarandi 1 – 2 Boca Juniors
61′ Arsenal – Raymonda
70′ Boca – Mauro Boselli
77′ Boca – Rodrigo Palacio

Wednesday 08 November 2006

Gimnasia La Plata 1 – 4 Boca Juniors (1 – 0 Halftime)

Apertura Summary – FoxSoccer.com (new window)

Related:
Weekend Fixtures/Results 28.10.06 29.10.06
Weekend Matches 21.10.06 22.10.06

Boca Juniors v Racing Club, Rescheduled Match Ends in Draw

November 3, 2006

boca-juniors-soccer-ball.jpgThe postponed match between Boca Juniors and Racing Club ended in a 0 – 0 draw on Wednesday.

The match was originally scheduled for 22nd October, but was not played when lawsuits were threatened when Racing Club attempted to block an alledged “barrabrava” Boca fan from attending the match.

The draw was enough to put Boca into first with a half game in hand, a suspended match with Gimnasia in which Boca trails 1 – 0 at the half.

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Gimnasia Club President Receives Minor Punishment – 05.10.06
Boca Jerseys

Argentina Officials Look to Stop Violence

November 3, 2006

argentina-football-association.jpgOfficials are searching for ways to stop the violence that plagues Argentina football.

The “barrabravas”, slang for violent fans, were even the source of a cancellation of Racing Club v Boca Juniors just a few weeks ago. Racing Club attempted to block a notorious Boca barrabrava from attending the match and the subsequent threatened lawsuits caused the match to be postponed.

Clashes with riot police are not uncommon at Argentine football matches.

Brawling at tomb of Juan Peron – FoxSoccer.com AP Report (new window)

Toluca Defeats San Lorenzo for Last Semifinal Spot

November 2, 2006

copa-sudamericana-logo.jpgToluca dramatically defeated San Lorenzo 2 – 0 on the night, 3 – 3 aggregate, to go through to the Copa Sudamericana Semifinals.

The away goal from last Wednesday’s match was all-important as San Lorenzo, who played so well last week, looked lethargic.

The match started well for the Argentine side as they came close twice in the first two minutes. But it would be nearly an hour of play before they would come close again as Toluca pressed forward looking for goals.

And the Mexican side wouldn’t take long to go up. In the 5th minute, goalkeeper Agustin Orion fumbled a hard drive by Bruno Marioni and Carlos Morales pounced on the loose ball and fired a rocket into the back of the net for the 1 – 0 lead.

As benign as San Lorenzo was offensively, their defense was strong and manager Oscar Ruggeri had to like his chances of making the Semifinals when his team were down only 1 – 0 at the half.

The break seemed to awaken the San Lorenzo offense and in the 50th, it looked as though they might book their place in the final four.

When Osmar Ferreyra couldn’t find any help at the top of the box, he wheeled 180 degrees back across the middle, left three defenders behind, and rifled a left-footed strike off the post.

But that was as close as the Argentine side would come to scoring.

Toluca took charge and began pressing forward, but the winner would not come.

And then, in an odd series of events in the 68th, San Lorenzo defender Jonathan Bottinelli fouled Sinha 30 yards from goal. Before Sinha could get up, Diego Rivero charged in kicking at the ball, still underneath Sinha.

The Toluca midfielder foolishly lashed out. When he kicked Rivero’s legs, he was shown a straight red, leaving the Mexican side down a man, still needing a goal.

In an ironic twist of fate, Vicente Sanchez stepped up for the free kick earned by Sinha and sent a brilliant cross into the box. Paulo Da Silva headed over keeper Orion and the home crowd erupted as Toluca was now just 21 minutes from the last four.

San Lorenzo went down to ten men as well just four minutes later. The open space and San Lorenzo’s desperation set up a thrilling finish as the action went end to end.

In the final five minutes it got nervy for the home side as they put all ten men behind the ball.

But by that time, San Lorenzo looked tired, and even though they kept the Mexican side pinned back, they couldn’t crack the Toluca defense.

After three tense minutes of extra time, Toluca celebrated a date in the Copa Sudamericana Semifinals as they join Atletico Paranaense, Pachuca, and their next opponents, Colo Colo.

Match Highlights Video 1:17 (new window)

Related:
Copa Sudamerican Quarterfinals
Pachuca Through to Copa Sudamericana Semifinals

Pachuca Through to Copa Sudamericana Semifinals

November 1, 2006

copa-sudamericana-logo.jpgPachuca go through to the Copa Sudamericana semifinals with a 2 – 2 draw on the night, 5 – 2 aggregate.

The Mexican side came back twice with goals from Gimenez (57′) and Alvarez (90′) to earn the draw against Argentine side Lanus.

Pachuca now joins Colo Colo (Chile) and Atletico Paranaense (Brazil) in the final four of the South American tournament.

On Wednesday night, Toluca (Mexico) will face San Lorenzo (Argentina) to decide which team will be the last semifinalist.

Pachuca 2 – 2 Lanus
Tuesday 31.10.06
55′ Lanus – Valeri
57′ Pachuca – Gimenez
63′ Lanus – Graf
90′ Pachuca – Alvarez

Copa Sudamericana Quarterfinals

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana Official Site – English

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana – en Español

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Copa Sudamericana Results 10.10.06 11.10.06 12.10.06

Weekend Fixtures/Results 28.10.06 29.10.06

October 28, 2006

epl-laliga-afa-seriea.jpg

Saturday 28 October 2006

Bolton 0 – 4 Manchester United
Liverpool 3 – 1 Aston Villa
Sheffield United 0 – 2 Chelsea
Arsenal 1 – 1 Everton
Portsmouth 3 – 1 Reading

Racing de Santander 1 – 0 Valencia
Goal :23 (new window)

Barcelona 3 – 0 Recreativo de Huelva
Match Highlights :49 (new window)

Gimnastica 1 – 3 Real Madrid
Match Highlights :54 (new window)

Udinese 0 – 1 Roma
66′- Roma – Matteo Ferrari

AC Milan 3 – 4 Inter Milan
A 7-goal classic sees 10-man Inter hold on for the narrowest of wins. Stankovic’s 22-yard strike in the 22nd is an absolute stunner. Gilardino’s header in the 75th and Kaka’s chip in the 91st are equally brilliant. 5 minutes of added time make for a frenzied finish as the match lives up to its billing as the match of the weekend.

17′ – Inter – Hernan Crespo
22′ – Inter – Dejan Stankovic
47′ – Inter – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
50′ – AC Milan – Clarence Seedorf
66′ – Inter – Marco Materazzi
75′ – AC Milan – Alberto Gilardino
91′ – AC Milan – Kaka

Match Highlights 1:10 (new window)

San Lorenzo 2 – 2 Velez Sarsfield
42′- Velez Sarsfield – Zarate
43′ – Velez Sarsfield – Zarate
89′ – San Lorenzo – Ferreyra
90′ – San Lorenzo – Quatrocchi

Estudiantes de La Plata 2 – 1 Nueva Chicago
17′ – Estudiantes – Pavone
32′ – Estudiantes – Gonzalez own goal
40′ – Chicago – Higuain

Sunday 29 October 2006

West Ham 2 – 1 Blackburn
12′ West Ham – Teddy Sheringham
80′ West Ham – Hayden Mullins
90′ Blackburn – David Bentley

Celta de Vigo 1 – 2 Sevilla
7′ Celta de Vigo – Anderson Nene
31′ Sevilla – Christian Poulsen
61′ Sevilla – Adriano Correia

Fiorentina 2 – 3 Palermo
8′ Palermo – David Di Michele
32′ Fiorentina – Manuel Pasqual
79′ Palermo – Carvalho de Oliveira Amauri
87′ Fiorentina – Adrian Mutu
90′ Palermo – Carvalho de Oliveira Amauri

Palermo are even on 21 points with Inter at the top of Serie A.

Independiente 0 – 0 River Plate
River Plate dominate throughout but are unable to finish, as they are shutout for the first time this season. The draw puts River in a three way tie at the top of the table with Boca Juniors and Estudiantes, although Boca have a game and a half in hand.

Boca Juniors 2 – 1 Argentinos Jrs.
41′ – Boca Juniors – Krupoviesa
73′ – Boca Juniors – Boselli
85′ – Argentinos Jrs. – Carrera

Boca tops the Apertura with River and Estudiantes on 28 points.

Match Report – FoxSoccer.com AP (new window)

Maradona in Talks to Manage Honduras

October 27, 2006

argentina-soccer-ball.gifDiego Maradona is in talks to become the next manager of Honduras.

One of football’s greatest legends, Maradona coached at club level in Argentina in the mid-90s.

Maradona to hold Honduras talks – BBC Story (new window)

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Gimnasia La Plata v Colo Colo , Chilean Side Into Semi-Finals

October 27, 2006

copa-sudamericana-logo.jpgGimnasia La Plata 0 – 2 Colo Colo (6-1)

Thursday 26 October 2006

Match Highlights Video 4:37 News Commentary – Español (youtube.com new window)

Match Highlights Video 7:55 Match Announcer – Español (youtube.com new window)

Match Highlights

The stage is set early as Colo Colo nearly scores in the first minute.

Colo Colo is in total control throughout the first half, but are unable to finish.

The second half signals the beginning of the end as Escobar pulls down Matias Fernandez in the box and Humberto Suazo buries the penalty to make it 1 – 0 on the night, 5 – 1 aggregate.

Suazo cuts through the Gimnasia defense all night, but the Chileans are unable to kill the game off, even missing a penalty in the 68th.

The Gimnasia strategy to stop the Colo Colo scoring machine seems to be elbows to the head and studs-up challenges. There is even a headbutt from Silva as the home side sees yellow all night. In the 71st, a kick to the shin of Alvaro Ormeno from Sebastian Dubarbier gets a well-deserved red and Gimnasia are down to 10.

In the 79th, the entire tie is summed up in one play, as Gustavo Semino slips in his own half. Fernandez picks up the gift and fires across to Gonzalo Fierro, who cracks a low drive into the far corner to make it 2 – 0, 6 – 1.

The last ten minutes are only saved by the spirited Gimnasia supporters who sing strongly, even in defeat. After the violence last week in Santiago, the pitch is surrounded by police, but it appears that the match is played without incident.

Any team with aspirations of hoisting the trophy at tournament’s end will need to figure out a way to stop Colo Colo’s incredible goal-scoring onslaught.

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana Official Site – English

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana – en Español

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San Lorenzo v Toluca 25.10.06 Copa Sudamericana
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Tienda – en Español (ventana nueva)
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Copa Sudamericana Results 10.10.06 11.10.06 12.10.06
Boca Juniors Crash Out of Copa Sudamericana to Nacional

San Lorenzo v Toluca 25.10.06 Copa Sudamericana

October 26, 2006

copa-sudamericana-logo.jpgCopa Sudamericana Quarterfinals

San Lorenzo (Argentina) 3 – 1 Toluca (Mexico) 25.10.06

Match Highlights:

San Lorenzo have a goal taken off in the 1st minute. But in the 17th, a series of volleys find Quatrocchi unmarked in the area and he appropriately heads home for the 1 – 0 lead.

In the 51st, Adrian Gonzalez fires a rocket from just inside the area, Andres Silvera brilliantly cuts in front of the keeper just before the save and heads in. Although Silvera appears onside, Toluca will justifiably argue the play was offside from two other players.

In the 56th, Silvera wonderfully heads home a 35 yard free kick for his second, and San Lorenzo’s third.

A horrible studs-up challenge by Sergio Ponce in the 58th puts Toluca down to 10. But the Mexican side keep their hopes alive with a lovely 50-yard pass over the defense that puts Bruno Marioni in alone. The Argentine striker one times a beautiful strike to give Toluca a chance in the November 1st return leg.

Related:
Atletico Paranaense v Nacional – Copa Sudamericana Quarterfinals 25.10.06
Copa Sudamericana Quarterfinals
CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana – English
CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana – Español

West Ham Crash Out of Lowly Carling Cup

October 25, 2006

West Ham crashed out to Chesterfield 2 -1 in the Carling Cup, England’s least prestigious competition.

Things are going from bad to worse for Alan Pardew’s Hammers as they have lost eight in a row since Carlos Tevez and Javer Mascherano have joined the Premier League side.

Chesterfield are currently 15th in League One, England’s third division.

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