Copa Libertadores 2013: Mixed results for Brazilian sides Wednesday

Sao Paulo is all but through in the Copa Libertadores, while Gremio will need to put in an excellent home performance to overturn Wednesday's bad result.

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Sao Paulo all but through, LDU Quito win

Copa Libertadores neutrals will be thrilled to see that Sao Paulo thoroughly crushed Bolivar on Wednesday night, and that they'll be heading into the group stage. A group that featured two Bolivian sides probably wouldn't have made for the best viewing. In the much more even first round tie that got underway on Wednesday night, former champions LDU Quito put themselves in a solid position heading into the second leg.

Sao Paulo 5-0 Bolivar

Ouch. Poor Bolivar. The best part of this game was the same thing as the best part of any game where Sao Paulo get a penalty: Watching goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni take a penalty. The gap in quality between the two sides became abundantly clear in the 8th minute, when Osvaldo smoked a 20-yard shot into the top corner. Luis Fabiano scored a brace and Jadson added a goal before Rogerio Ceni's penalty.

By the way, Jadson and Luis Fabiano chose not to play in Europe anymore, because that's a reasonable choice now. The Brasileirao is cool.

LDU Quito 1-0 Gremio

Is a one-goal lead going to be enough for LDU Quito when they head to Brazil? Maybe not, but they won't be dissatisfied with the result they squeaked out against Gremio in the home leg of their tie. The Ecuadorians were the much more ambitious side on the night, and their positive play finally paid off in the 76th minute, with a goal from Carlos Feraud. He applied a finish at the end of a mad scramble, which featured a a strike of the crossbar by Enrique Vera and a follow-up attempt that was blocked off the line.

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Both Tigre, Leon with work left to do

Neither Tigre, nor Deportivo Anzoategui looked like they felt like cashing in the winning lottery ticket that was drawing Group 2 in the Copa Libertadores when they faced off on Tuesday. The winner of that first round tie drops into a weak group where they will have every chance to go through to the knockout stages, but neither side looked great. The same can be said for Club Leon and Deportes Iquique, who might just be trying to avoid an utterly brutal Group 4.

Tigre 2-1 Deportivo Anzoategui

Tigre, who finished 19th in the most recent Argentine Primera tournament but got into the Copa Libertadores via their Copa Sudamericana performance, were poor in the first half. Their back line was caught napping in the 38th minute, when Rolando Escobar found Jeremias Caggiano over the top with a lofted ball, and Caggiano did well to win a race to the ball and finish from a narrow angle.

The hosts fought back in the second half, however, giving themselves a very good chance to advance by scoring two goals to capture a home leg victory. Gabriel Peñalba equalized in the 66th minute, capitalizing on a deflected pass that fell to him, and Leandro Leguizamon netted the winner with a header that Jose Morales should have been able to save.

Club Leon 1-1 Deportes Iquique

Things got off to a disastrous start for Leon, with Rodrigo Diaz netting the opening goal after just four minutes, with a stunning curler to the back post from just inside the penalty area. Six minutes later, new star Rafael Marquez was forced out of the game with an injury.

Leon played well after the goal heading into halftime, but couldn't find a goal before the break. Their equalizer came late, in the 88th minute, via a brilliant header by Nelson Maz. Edwin Hernandez picked up the assist, nodding the ball into the path of Maz, who placed an unstoppable header past Rodrigo Naranjo.

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Copa Libertadores begins Tuesday

Mexican side Leon will end up in a group of death if they can get through the first round of Copa Libertadores, while Gremio and LDU Quito are playing for one group stage place.

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