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.

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