Not even the magic of Ronaldinho can save Flamengo. They're down 4-0 to Universidad de Chile in their 2011 Copa Sudamericana Round of 16 tie.

Copa Sudamericana 2011, Round Of 16: Teams From Seven Countries Advance To Quarterfinals

All four Brazilian sides in the competition are in danger of going out, while facing major fixtures in the domestic league on the weekend. Four sides have already punched their quarterfinal tickets, while La U are as good as through.

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Copa Sudamericana 2011, Universidad De Chile Vs. Flamengo: La U Through Easily

Following their 4-0 stomping of Flamengo in Brazil, Universidad de Chile was already a shoo-in to qualify for the quarterfinals of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana, but in keeping with the rules of the competition, they decided to play the second leg anyway. Flamengo did not play their first team and didn't bother to bring a full bench to Chile either, traveling with just the three players they eventually substituted on and a reserve keeper. With a 4-0 lead and the likes of Ronaldinho, Deivid, Thiago Neves and Dario Bottinelli at home, La U put on the cruise control, winning 1-0 in an average match.

The one goal was a stunner, though, scored by defensive midfielder Marcelo Diaz. Following a slowly built attack from the back, Eduardo Vargas attempted a cheeky through ball into the box with the outside of his foot, which was cleared away. Unfortunately for Flamengo, absolutely no one was near the edge of the penalty area, and Diaz stepped up and hit a bullet into the back of the net from between 20 and 25 yards. La U will probably entertain again in the quarterfinals, as they take on an Arsenal di Sarandi side with some quality footballers and a poor defense.


Copa Sudamericana 2011, Libertad Vs. Sao Paulo: Veteran Paraguayans Overturn First Leg Loss To Advance

Following their 1-0 defeat away in Brazil, with Brazilian international veteran Luis Fabiano providing the winner with his first goal for his new club, Libertad rallied back to clinch a 2-0 home win, qualifying them for the quarterfinals of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana. They sat out a few of their first choice players in the first leg, but Libertad brought in some new faces for the second leg, including their biggest star Victor Caceres, and were able to do enough to advance past the Brazilian title contenders.

Libertad locked up the series at 1-1 in the ninth minute, after Manuel Maciel drew a penalty on Luis Fabiano following a set piece. Fabiano doesn't spend a whole lot of time near his own penalty area, and based on his poor challenge on Maciel, it's obvious why he isn't a defender. Sergio Aquino stepped up and converted the penalty, putting Libertad up 1-0 on the evening.

The winner came in the 67th minute, and it was a stunner. Running onto a ball laid off by substitute striker Rodolfo Gamarra, José Núñez blasted a left-footed shot past Rogerio Ceni from 10 yards out at his near post, sending Libertad through to the quarterfinals, where they will take on LDU Quito.


Copa Sudamericana 2011, Vasco Da Gama Vs. Aurora: Brazilians Through In Stunning 9-6 Aggregate Victory

After losing 3-1 away in Bolivia, Vasco da Gama had a bit of a mountain to climb to advance to the quarterfinal round of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana. With a massive domestic clash against Sao Paulo coming up on the weekend, they could hardly be blamed if they decided to rest their stars. Instead, they brought out most of their first choice players and put on a show, defeating Aurora 8-3 in a wild match, winning the tie 9-6 on aggregate.

Bernardo scored the opener just eight minutes in for Vasco with a top-shelf goal, dribbling and doing a Cruyff turn through two defenders before ripping a shot into the roof of the net from 10 yards out. Vasco were down just 3-2 at that point, and suddenly had life. However, Augusto Andaveris scored in the 16th minute for Aurora, seemingly giving Vasco little chance to mount a comeback.

Later in the first half, the match was completely turned on its head when Aurora's Gonzalo Germán Galindo was correctly sent off for picking up a second yellow card on a bad challenge. He protested furiously, despite the fact that the challenge that got him the second yellow could have very easily been worthy of a straight red. Prior to that, Vasco had missed three golden chances to score other than Bernardo's goal. They suddenly became slight favorites to advance, and no one would have been surprised if they scored three or four goals between this point and the end of the match. Instead, they scored seven.

Vasco's second came on the free kick following the sending off, with Vasco and Olympique Lyonnais legend Juninho Pernambucano delivering a perfect free kick into the penalty area for Alecsandro to head into the back of the net. He added a second goal just before halftime, heading in a cross from left back Julinho. The teams went into the locker room tied 4-4 on aggregate and away goals, with seven more goals still to come.

The home side took the lead in the series in the 48th minute when Leandro put in a goal off of a great flick by Alecsandro, and from then on, it was all just for fun. A penalty by Juninho and a penalty by Diomedes Peña of Aurora followed, with Juninho hilariously denying Alecsandro a hat trick opportunity by taking the ball away from him in the former instance. Bernardo, Douglas and Allan scored the remaining open play goals for Vasco, while Ronald Segovia netted for Aurora.

Vasco now moves on to face Peruvian side Universitario, who defeated Godoy Cruz on penalty kicks.


Copa Sudamericana 2011, Santa Fe Vs. Botafogo: Brazilians, Obviously Looking Ahead, Get Crushed

Botafoto are in the midst of a tough fight at the top of the table in Brazil, and looming this weekend is a tricky matchup with Cruzeiro. They drew 1-1 in the first leg of their series with Independiente Santa Fe at home, and were slight underdogs going into this one, given that most didn't feel they were going to put their best foot forward with so much to play for in Brazil and so little resources compared to their competition. They hardly even showed up, getting finished off by Santa Fe in just eight minutes. The Colombians won by a final score of 4-1, and they will play top seeded Velez Sarsfield in the quarterfinals.

Oscar Rodas netted the first of his two goals just two minutes into the match, with Omar Perez all but ending the tie with an 8th minute goal. In first half stoppage time, just seconds before halftime, Leo put in an awful own goal for the visitors, completely shattering any hopes of a comeback.

Rodas added his second goal in the 62nd minute before Botafogo picked up a 90th minute consolation goal through substitute Alex Olivera, before the similarly named forward known simply as Alex got himself sent off for some late shenanigans. Botafogo can now concentrate on securing a high place in the league, while Santa Fe will harbor dreams of taking home a major continental trophy after their performance on Tuesday.


Sampaoli: Bielsa disciple without 'El Loco' label

Universidad de Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli has drawn comparisons to Marcelo Bielsa for his teams' style of play, but his team's performances have him breaking out the shadow of a man he admires.

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