Sao Paulo is one of many teams in action in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana

Copa Sudamericana 2011: Velez Sarsfield, Arsenal De Sarandi Through; Sao Paulo And La U Win

Following Tuesday wins for Sao Paulo and Universidad de Chile, Velez Sarsfield clinched a spot in the quarterfinals on Wednesday

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Copa Sudamericana 2011, Velez Sarsfield Vs. Universidad Catolica: Full Time, El Fortin Through To Quarterfinals

Universidad Catolica made things interesting, scoring an early goal to cut into Velez Sarsfield's 2-0 first leg lead in their Copa Sudamericana tie, but the Argentinian champions prevailed in the end, adding a second half goal to draw 1-1 on the evening to gain a 3-1 aggregate win. Both sides are technically and tactically sound and both started with five in midfield, so clear-cut scoring chances were tough to find. Each side found one goal, and that was good enough for Velez.

Gonzalo Sepulveda was the man who scored for UC, and the goal was an absolute stunner. From the edge of the penalty area, picking up a pass by Milovan Mirosevic, Sepulveda took a fantastic shot and powered the ball past Marcelo Barovero.

The game was a bit cagey from then on out, but Velez dashed all hopes UC had of a comeback in the 76th minute. On a free kick from well outside the area by Hector Canteros, Fernando Ortiz got his head to the ball and directed it into the back of the net, equalizing on the night and sealing the aggregate win.

Velez will face the winner of the Sante Fe-Botafogo tie. The teams drew the first leg 1-1 and the second leg takes place on October 25.


Copa Sudamericana 2011, Flamengo Vs. Universidad De Chile: Full Time, La U Destroys Ronaldinho's Urubu

While some teams occasionally play weakened teams for Copa Sudamericana, especially those in domestic title chases, Flamengo opted to play their first choice side against Universidad de Chile on Wednesday night. Former World Player of the year Ronaldinho, former Fenerbahce star Deivid, and a host of other first choice players took the field at home against La U, but they certainly didn't play like a first choice side. The visitors easily wiped the floor with their opponents, winning 4-0 to all but seal a place in the quarterfinals against Arsenal de Sarandi. Incredibly, the score should have been worse.

Universidad de Chile managed five shots in the opening 13 minutes of the game, eventually scoring on a terrible error by Flamengo keeper Julio Cesar. Jose Rojas hit the crossbar with an effort, but Cesar couldn't clear the ball away as it went into the goal on his attempt, going down as an own goal.

La U controlled the rest of the first half, but didn't find their second goal until the 41st minute. Vargas had a goal incorrectly disallowed for offside, while Julio Cesar recovered from his previous error to make a couple of impressive saves. Flamengo never really looked like they had hope of getting back into the game, but Airton completely shattered any hope that might have existed when he was sent off in the 26th minute. The red card came for a dangerous studs-up challenge on Osvaldo Gonzalez, and while Flamengo surrounded the referee in protest, it would be hard to argue that he didn't make the correct call.

It took until the very end of the second half before La U would find another goal, and when they did, they scored two in quick succession. Vargas finished a close-range effort, assisted by Rojas for his team's second goal of the match in the 41st minute. Vargas would score again in similar fashion just two minutes later, with Souza da Silva providing the 43rd minute assist. That send Universidad de Chile into the locker room up 3-0, and that scoreline was flattering to the hosts.

Things looked like they might get interesting when La U's Francisco Castro was shown a straight red card in the 50th minute, but their dominance remained. Charles Aránguiz won a penalty in the 61st minute when he was fouled in the box by David, but Matías Nicolas Rodríguez failed to convert the penalty for the Blues. Rodriguez would redeem himself nine minutes later, setting up Gustavo Lorenzetti in the 71st minute for his team's fourth and final goal of the match.

Over their last 15 matches in both the Chilean Primera Division and Copa Sudamericana, Jorge Sampaoli's side are undefeated with 13 wins and two draws, both of which came in domestic play. They're undoubtedly one of the best teams outside of Europe at the moment, while Flamengo look nothing like a team that can challenge Corinthians and Vasco de Gama for a title in Brazil.


Copa Sudamericana 2011, Sao Paulo Vs. Libertad: Full Time, Luis Fabiano Scores Winner

Sao Paulo are on their way to a quarterfinal birth in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana, thanks to their 1-0 home win over Libertad in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie. The Paraguayan side looked to get a draw on the road and try their chances at home, and it looked for 75 minutes like they were going to be able to pull it off. However, Brazilian World Cup veteran and former Sevilla star Luis Fabiano was able to score in the 76th minute, giving his team a massive advantage heading into the second leg.

Fabiano is yet to score for his team in the Brasileirao, but perhaps he'll begin to find his form domestically after finally getting on the scoreboard for his new club. Fabiano and his strike partner Dagoberto, who assisted on his goal, combined well all night and could have easily had more than one goal.

Sao Paulo are still without star youngster Lucas and opted to start youngster Casemiro on the bench once again. SPFC is sinking quickly in the Brasileirao, and needs to get their young stars fit and in form shortly to have a chance to finish high in that competition and win the Copa Sudamericana.

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