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Santa Fe 1-1 Velez Sarsfield
In a cagey affair in Colombia the game often struggled to flow from the off. The hosts took the lead after 25 minutes through Gerardo Bedoya. Some quick thinking on his part enabled him to send in an earlier than anticipated free kick which found Marcelo Barovero helpless.
They failed to enhance upon their lead as they lacked conviction in attack. That enabled Velez a route back into the game which they utilised with 15 minutes remaining. David Ramirez showed tremendous determination, sprinting 70 metres to get on the end of Emiliano Papa’s cross and volley into the bottom corner.
Bedoya was then dismissed in the closing stages as Los Cardinales paid the price for being overly defensive and failing to capitalise on an early lead. The away goal provides Velez with a slight advantage ahead of the return leg on November 10.
Universitario 2-0 Vasco da Gama
With qualification already secured and the Brasileirao coming into its final weeks, Vasco fielded a largely second-string side. The Peruvians looked to take advantage of this as they showed no fear as they looked to take the initiative.
The U seized control for the majority of the game as they refused to allow Vasco into the game. After Pablo Vitti’s tame shot, the opening goal came in the 37th minute. Diego Rosa conceded a penalty when he brought down Rainer Torres. Raul Ruidiaz powered in from the spot to put Universitario ahead.
Johan Fano doubled the lead on the hour mark with a tidy finish that dribbled past Fernando Prass and nestled in the bottom. It was no less than the hosts deserve.
Vasco will need to come back from being two goals behind in the second leg in Rio de Janeiro next week.
Arsenal de Sarandi 1-2 Universidad de Chile
In a fiery affair in Buenos Aires it was the visitors who came out on top in a game packed with controversial calls.
The game started in an enthralling manner with Lisandro Lopez and Juan Caffa both missing chances for Arsenal. Their wastefulness allowed Eduardo Vargas to put the Chileans ahead in first half stoppage time. He rounded Cristian Campestrini and tucked the ball into an empty net. The Arsenal fans and players were dismayed at the decision to allow the goal despite the young striker being offside.
The hosts seemed fired up after the poor decision and equalised within 90 seconds of the second half. Caffa squared the ball across the goal mouth, presenting Mauro Obolo with a tap in. The match became extremely tense and Marcos Gonzalez had a seemingly fine goal ruled out for an unclear reason.
With 10 minutes remaining Gustavo Canales broke into the box and went down under minimal contact from Hugo Nervo. Canales picked himself up to take the penalty and sent Campestrini the wrong way.
The U take a valuable first leg lead back to Santiago before the next leg in two weeks as they look to secure a spot in the semi-finals.
LDU Quito 1-0 Libertad
Liga left it late to earn a deserved victory over the Paraguayan league leaders courtesy of a very fortunate goal from Luis Bolanos.
Quito looked to make the most of their home advantage by penning Libertad in their own half for much of the first period. Liga got closer as the half continued; Claudio Bieler and Hernan Barcos had efforts saved from Bernardo Medina before Bieler headed another opportunity narrowly wide.
The hosts’ Argentinean contingent were the source of much of the side’s invention with Barcos the talisman up front. However the best chance of the game fell to Liga’s youngster Miler Bolanos with ten minutes remaining. He wasted the fantastic opportunity, blazing the ball over and into the stands.
Miler Bolanos’ blushes were spared by his namesake Luis Bolanos in the dying moments of the game. The revered winger’s cross-cum-shot flew over Medina and into the net from wide on the left in an absolute fluke.
The result means that it is still all to play for in the second leg in Asuncion and Libertad may fancy their chances having comfortably beaten Sao Paulo at home in the last round.
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