Libertadores: Vélez storm into the semis (video)

Santiago Silva (shiny) kisses goalscorer Maxi Moralez

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…

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One thought on “Libertadores: Vélez storm into the semis (video)

  1. Off topic-here is a link to an outstanding article on Messi in the NY Times. Not to make a habit of linking things here, but I thought this one was too good to let pass for HEGS readers. As Sam says, enjoy:

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