Independiente win the Sudamericana; Apertura goes to the wire

Carlos Matheu lifts the Copa Sudamericana

I would not normally post an update on two competitions in the same post, but I don’t normally have the bad fortune to be on an aeroplane when potentially decisive matches are played in both of those competitions. So excuse a rambling goal video post. On Wednesday night, Independiente beat Goiás 3-1 before winning the Copa Sudamericana on penalties. It’s a result, of course, which leaves Racing out of next year’s Copa Libertadores to their bitter rivals’ profit. On the same evening Vélez Sarsfield and Estudiantes de La Plata both won, to take the Torneo Apertura title race to the final weekend. Vélez beat Huracán 2-0 at home, whilst Estudiantes thrashed River Plate – for all their travails, previously unbeaten at home this season – 4-0. The goals from all three of those games, plus the others in the midweek round so far, are right here.

Weds 8th December 2010: Copa Sudamericana final, second leg

Independiente 3 – 1 Goiás (BRA) (3-3 agg., Independiente win 5-3 on penalties)

Independiente’s goals were scored by Julián Velázquez, and Facundo Parra who got two, all in the first half hour and a bit. Rafael Moura had equalised on the night to put Goiás 3-1 up on aggregate after 22 minutes.

Torneo Apertura, eighteenth round

Tuesday 7th December 2010

Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata 3 – 1 All Boys

Arsenal Fútbol Club 2 – 1 Colón

Wednesday 8th December 2010

River Plate 0 – 4 Estudiantes de La Plata

Vélez Sarsfield 2 – 0 Huracán

Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba 1 – 1 Racing Club

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3 thoughts on “Independiente win the Sudamericana; Apertura goes to the wire

  1. Sam,
    I saw some footage on tv today that seemed to show you throwing a rock at Prince Charles ?! Back in England a matter of hours and already up to your old shenanigans !

    1. Sorry to disappoint Johnny, but I’ve got a reliable alibi from my parents, who picked me up at 7am at Heathrow and drove me away from London, where I subsequently crashed out for five hours (I don’t sleep well on planes).

      I’ve still not seen the pictures of Prince Charles being attacked but I am, of course, a staunch royalist so I hope they catch the perpetrator and, if he does indeed look like me, I hope more importantly that they don’t take me down in his place.

      1. I’m glad to hear that was a case of mistaken identity. I was concerned that maybe you had taken it upon yourself to “crown” Prince Charlie.:)

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