The four remaining teams are fighting for the Copa Sudamericana. The winner gets an automatic place in the 2012 Copa Libertadores. LDU Quito are the only remaining team who have won the competition. Independiente are the defending champions.

Copa Sudamericana 2011, Semifinals: LDU Quito And Universidad De Chile Will Contest Final

LDU Quito and Universidad de Chile, two of the most accomplished and in-form teams in South America, will contest the Copa Sudamericana final after their semifinal wins.

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Universidad De Chile Vs. Vasco Da Gama, 2011 Copa Sudamericana Semifinals: La U Through To Final

Despite the fact that Vasco da Gama can still win the Brasileirao with a win at the weekend if the chips fall their way, the Brazilian side still decided to field a first choice team against Universidad de Chile in Santiago on Wednesday night. Their decision ultimately proved to be a poor one, as La U completely out-classed Vasco, winning 2-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate to advance to the Copa Sudamericana Final.

After La U pulled off a 1-1 draw in Brazil and Corinthians won in Brazil at the weekend, it seemed like Vasco might concede defeat in the Sudamericana and go all-out for the Brasileirao. Instead, all of the big guns came out on Wednesday night. Dede, Juninho and Diego Souza all started the match, but La U were a different class, winning the possession battle and creating more chances than their opponents.

Gustavo Canales scored the opener in the 30th minute. Following a long build-up, Charles Aranguiz found himself with a shooting opportunity in the box and hit a hard, low shot right at Fernando from 15 yards out. Fernando did well to parry the shot away from goal, but it fell to Canales. While Fernando did well yet again to get up from the previous save to cover his near post, Canales hit a perfect finish into the roof of the net, giving his team a 1-0 lead.

Vasco defender Fagner was shown red in the 70th minute, and La U ended the tie shortly afterwards. Chilean international Eduardo Vargas, a rumored transfer target for nearly every big club in Europa, scored the clinching goal in the 72nd minute, assisted by Eugenio Mena.


Velez Sarsfield Vs. LDU Quito, 2011 Copa Sudamericana Semifinals: Ecuadorian Champions Win 3-0 On Aggregate

Coming into their Copa Sudamericana semifinal, second leg match against LDU Quito, Velez Sarsfield were serious underdogs and facing a major uphill climb. The Ecuadorian champions had recorded a 2-0 win at home as Hernan Barcos scored twice and the Quito defense denied Velez an away goal. Velez pushed hard for a goal in the first half of the home leg, but came up short. When LDU Quito grabbed an away goal in the second half, the tie was all but over, and they went on to win 3-0 on aggregate.

LDU Quito did very little in the first half as Velez had all of the chances, but failed to score. In the 50th minute, the visitors would find a goal, and it was Barcos once again. Taking a ball down on his chest in the penalty area, Barcos turned and fired a shot into the back of the net from 12 yards out, sealing the tie for his side. He now has 25 goals on the season between the Ecuadorian Serie A and Copa Sudamericana.

LDU Quito awaits the winners of the Universidad de Chile - Vasco da Gama tie, which resumes Wednesday.

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