Vélez Sarsfield returned to the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores seventeen years after they last reached that stage on Wednesday night, with a 4-2 away win over Libertad in Asunción, Paraguay. The scoreline meant a 7-2 aggregate victory for Vélez, who’ve sailed through the knockout stages so far and are now firmly looking to emulate their predecessors in that last semi-final place, who went on to lift the club’s only Copa Libertadores to date, in 1994. Maxi Moralez hit a brace – both equalisers on the night – before Guillermo Franco and Augusto Fernández bagged one each to obliterate the hosts’ chances. Rodrigo Rojas (formerly of River Plate) and Manuel Maciel had given Libertad some fleeting, faint hope of overturning the 3-0 first leg deficit. You can see the goals right here.
Copa Libertadores 2011, quarter-final second leg, Wednesday 18th May
Libertad (PAR) 2 – 4 Vélez Sarsfield (2-7 aggregate)
In the semis, Vélez will meet either Uruguayan giants (and five-times Copa winners) Peñarol, or Chile’s Universidad Católica. Peñarol won the first leg 2-0, and the tie will be decided in Santiago de Chile on Thursday night. Should Peñarol go through, Vélez will be at home in the second leg; if Católica manage to turn the tables, they’ll have home advantage in the second leg due to having finished higher in the group stages than Vélez – in fact, they beat Vélez in Liniers in the group stage, and drew in Santiago. Watch this space…
You can follow the ins and outs during the 2011 Torneo Clausura, as well as the country’s vast foreign legion and the latest news from the selección during the 2010-2011 season direct from Buenos Aires with HEGS on Twitter. If you’ve not signed up yet you can do so here. You can also join the official HEGS Facebook group, to keep up to date with the latest posts on the blog and discuss things with other fans. You’ll find it here. Also remember to bookmark Hand Of Pod, our Argentine football podcast, or if you prefer you can subscribe to it on iTunes here.
Photo taken from canchallena.com