Both Argentine sides in Group 8 of the 2011 Copa Libertadores exited the competition on Tuesday night, after very different results. Seven-times winners and Copa Sudamericana champions Independiente – already all-but out, barring a miracle – visited Peñarol in Montevideo, who’d already qualified regardless of tonight’s result, and with a largely reserve side recorded a 1-0 win. Godoy Cruz, meanwhile, could have got through with a win, but had to get it at altitude away to 2008 Copa winners Liga de Quito. The first half was impressive but in the second they faded, and Liga ran out 2-0 winners. Peñarol and Liga are the two qualifiers. You can watch all the goals right here.
Copa Libertadores 2011, Group 8: Tuesday 12th March
Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito (ECU) 2 – 0 Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba
Racing’s former forward Hernán Barcos was the second half star for Liga, first setting up Luis Bolaños’ opener in the second minute of the second half, and later adding a brilliant second of his own after some clever footwork to cut in from the left wing.
Peñarol (URU) 0 – 1 Independiente
Independiente’s side for this one saw a number of first-teamers rested, though a few were sprinkled through the squad as Antonio Mohamed perhaps wanted to at least go out of the Copa on a high (Independiente needed to win this game by eight goals, as well as hope the other game finished all square, to qualify). Facundo Parra staked his claim for a starting place in this weekend’s clásico against Racing with a good finish after 33 minutes.
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