It was a mixed bag of results for the teams from Andean nations involved in Copa Sudamerican action this week, with a couple of wins, a couple of defeats and one draw.
Peru’s Universitario were the first side from the region to book a place in the round of 16 with a 2-0 second leg victory at home to Venezuela’s Anzoategui, giving them a 4-1 win on aggregate. Goals from Raul Riudiaz and an excellent free-kick from Pablo Vitti sealed the home side’s progression despite Martin Morel’s missed penalty.
Universitario will now face Godoy Cruz of Argentina in the last 16.
LDU Quito of Ecuador all but secured themselves a place in the next round with a 4-1 home win over Venezuela’s Trujillanos. The visitors actually took a first minute lead, but LDU went into the break 2-1 up thanks to a double from the prolific Argentine striker Hernan Barcos. Edgar Gonzalez made it three in the dying minutes of the second half, before Barcos completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot in injury time. All of LDU’s goal came from set-piece situations.
La Equidad brought their poor Liga Postobon form into the Sudamericana as they went down 1-0 at home to Paraguay’s Libertad in the first leg of their last 32 tie. Alexis Garcia’s side have now gone four home matches in all competitions without victory and face a stern test of their credentials if they are to overturn their first leg deficit in Asuncion next week.
Libertad’s goal is well worth a watch – a superb team goal with some lovely passing interchanges in and around the area.
Emelec of Ecuador were also defeated by a Paraguayan team as they lost the away leg 2-1 to Olimpia thanks to two excellently taken goals from the Colombian midfielder Vladimir Marin. Nicolas Vigneri’s away goal could yet prove crucial in the return leg, however, and there were enough positives for Juan Ramon Carrasco’s men to still believe the last 16 is within reach.
Finally, Santa Fe and Deportivo Cali drew 1-1 in the battle of the Colombian sides, setting the tie up nicely for its second leg. Santa Fe had by far the better attempts on goal throughout, but Deportivo got a vital away goal three minutes from time when Breiner Belalcazar fired powerfully home from long range.