Independiente del Valle continued their Cinderella run in the Copa Libertadores after defeating Pumas UNAM on penalties to reach the semifinals for the first time in their history. A 2-1 Pumas victory on the night wasn’t enough for the hosts; with the aggregate tied 3-3 and away goals level as well, the game proceded to PKs, where the Ecuadorians triumphed 5-3.
The night started off well for the universitarios, who took the lead through Ismael Sosa in the 16th minute. Sosa drove into the box from the right and sent his shot into the far corner to make it 1-0 and tilt the series in Pumas’ favor.
Independiente del Valle beat Pumas UNAM 2-1 to take the advantage in their Copa Libertadores quarterfinal series. A brace by José Angulo put the Ecuadorians ahead, but Fidel Martínez scored what could prove to be a valuable away goal for the universitarios.
The visitors had the first good chance of the game in the 10th minute, when Ismael Sosa drove into the box and sent a low cross to Matías Britos. However, the Uruguayan couldn’t find the target.
A week after the other three Copa Libertadores quarterfinal first leg matches were played, Independiente del Valle and Pumas UNAM will get their own quarterfinal series underway.
Independiente (ECU) upset defending champions River Plate in the round of sixteen and they will now look to do the same to second-seeded Pumas UNAM. The universitarios advanced past Deportivo Táchira in the prior round and they will look to become the fifth Mexican team to reach the Copa Libertadores semifinals here.
The 2016 Copa Libertadores quarterfinals are set, and Mexico’s lone remaining representative has learned their opponent. Pumas UNAM, who dispatched Deportivo Táchira (VEN) in the round of sixteen, will now face Independiente del Valle (ECU) for a spot in the semifinals.
Toluca defeated Sao Paulo 3-1 on Wednesday evening, but even that wasn’t enough to overcome their sizable first-leg deficit; the Brazilians advanced with a 5-3 aggregate victory.
The Diablos Rojos needed to score a minimum of five goals in order to advance directly, or win 4-0 to send the game to penalties. They came out looking to score early and often and they found their first goal in the 17th minute. Continue reading →
Pumas UNAM defeated Deportivo Táchira 2-0 on Tuesday night in the second leg of their round of sixteen series to advance to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 aggregate victory.
The universitarios needed to win this game by two goals in order to overcome the first-leg deficit, and that’s exactly what they did. An early goal by Eduardo Herrera inspired the hosts, but it wasn’t until the 80th minute that they were able to take the aggregate lead. Continue reading →
Pumas UNAM and Toluca both have to overturn first-leg deficits in order to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa Libertadores. The universitarios have a good chance of doing so, while the Diablos Rojos will need a minor miracle in order to advance.
On Tuesday, Pumas will host Deportivo Táchira. The Venezuelans won the first leg 1-0, so Pumas will need to win by two goals in order to advance. When these two faced off in the group stage, Pumas picked up an impressive 4-1 victory in their home game, and they will look for a similar result here. Continue reading →
There is still a second leg to play, but Sao Paulo has all-but-sealed their advancement after a 4-0 thumping of Toluca in the first leg of their round of sixteen tie. The Brazilians were the better team from start to finish and they could have even run the score up more. Toluca will need a minor miracle in next week’s second leg to keep their run in the 2016 Copa Libertadores alive.
The Diablos Rojos struggled to get into the game, with Sao Paulo dominating possession and chances. Their pressure paid off in the 26th minute, when a set piece gave Sao Paulo the lead. A long throw into the box got past everyone and bounced to Michel Bastos, who took it on the volley to beat a frozen Talavera and give O Tricolor the 1-0 advantage. Continue reading →