Thursday Comebacks See Internacional, Universidad De Chile And Libertad Into Copa Libertadores Quarters

Three comebacks in Thursday's Libertadores matches see Brazil's Internacional, Universidad de Chile, and Paraguay's Libertad into the the tournament's quarterfinals, with the first legs of the round of eight to kick-off next week.


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#6 BRA-Internacional 2 (3) eliminates #11 ARG-Banfield 0 (3) on away goals

Two defensive breakdowns from the Argentines reversed a brilliant first leg result and saw El Taladro eliminated from the competition on away goals - Kléber's goal in Banfield (eight minutes before his dismissal) sending Inter through.

On Thursday, it was strikers Alecsandro and Walter with the goals, one on either side of halftime, Argentina midfielder Andres D'Alessandro starting the each goal's movement.

In the 41st minute, the midfielder sent a ball through the channel between defenders Victor López and Marcelo Bustamante, putting Andrezinho on goal.  Goalkeeper Cristian Luccethi read the play correctly and was off his line to meet the man, but Andrezinho's square ball to Alecsandro opened the match's scoring, putting Inter within one on aggregate.

That goal, the match winner, came in the 57th minute when D'Alessandro fed a ball wide left for defender Fabiano Eller's overlap.  A lack of pressure on Eller allowed a cross to find Walter at the near post for an easy finish - Inter's decisive goal - with only a late-arriving, wrong-sided defender there to contest the play.

Banfield's hopes of a winner were drained when star left-winger James Rodriguez was given his marching orders in the 82nd minute, leaving Banfield a man down, without their best player.

Inter advances to play defending champions Estudiantes, the first leg taking place in Porto Alegre.

#4 PAR-Libertad 2 (2) eliminates #12 COL-Once Caldas 1 (1)

A tame first 120 minutes of the tie led to an exciting final 45, starting with Once Caldas midfielder Daryo Moreno's finish of a bogged-down breakaway to spark a Colombian celebration, their away goal giving them a commanding 1-0 lead over Libertad with 35 minutes remaining.

In the 73rd minute the Paraguayans pulled that goal back when substitute Roberto Gamarra finished from the spot to equalize, putting LIbertad within a goal of advancing.

That goal came with one minute left in regulation, when a desperation heave from within their own end was won in the air, knocked-down to Gamarra, whose second touch was a 24-meter liner just inside Bernardo Medina's right post, sending Libertad into the quarterfinals.

There they will face Mexico's Chivas de Guadalajara, who completed their upset of Vélez Sarsfield earlier this week.  The pairing will be the only quarterfinal match-up not featuring a Brazilian team.

#8 Universidad de Chile 2 (3) eliminates #9 Alianza Lima 2 (2)

Jose Fernández's brace nearly saw Alianza Lima overturn La U's lead and home pitch advantage, but a goal from Felipe Seymour in the 92nd minute turned the Peruvians' quarterfinal place into elimination, Universidad going through with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

The evening started controversially as La U goalkeeper Matias Rodriguez appeared to recover in time to save a far post header from Fernández, only to have the linesman rule the ball had crossed the line for a tie-tying goal.  Replays were inconclusive.

That scoreline persisted into the second half where beautiful one-touch work from La U broke through the right side of Alianza's defense and left Eduardo Vargas open at the far post for an easy goal.

In the match's 87th minute, Alianza appeared to have secured their win with a crucial second away goal - Fernández smoothly finishing the work of substitute Johnnier Montaño, whose 30-meter run into the box drew the defense, leaving Fernández open near the spot.

Five minutes later, a poor clearance from Alianza led to a 30 meter shot from Seymour which found the head of defender Hector Sosa, the ball deflecting into the Peruvians' goal.  Alianza's bench erupted, appealing for an offside call, where replays showed four Universidad players irrelevantly behind the line.

Though their win was a fortunate one, La U is still through to face Flamengo, from whom they took four points in two group stage matches.  

The first match of their quarterfinal tie will be at the Maracanã next week.

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