Vélez Sarsfield exited the Copa Libertadores on Thursday night in a thrilling match against Uruguayan giants Peñarol, in which the visitors took the lead on the night to go ahead 2-0 on aggregate, and eventually went through on away goals after Vélez’s Uruguayan forward Santiago Silva – a Uruguayan title-winner in 2002 with Peñarol’s great rivals Nacional – missed a penalty late on which would have given Vélez a 3-2 aggregate win. He’d earlier scored the goal which gave Vélez their 2-1 lead on the night. Oh; Vélez had a legitimate goal ruled out in the first half as well. You can see the goals right here.
Copa Libertadores 2011, semi-final second leg, 2nd June
Vélez Sarsfield (0) 2 – 1 (1) Peñarol (URU) – 2-2 agg. Peñarol go through on away goals
Peñarol will be competing in their first final since they last won the trophy in 1987, and will have a chance to draw level with Boca Juniors on six Copas, which would make them the joint second-most successful club in the competition’s history (Independiente are one ahead of Boca with seven). Peñarol’s rivals Nacional were the last Uruguayan side to make the final – which they won – in 1988. Peñarol’s first two Copas came in 1960 and ’61 – the first two editions of the tournament – and their opponents in the final this year, Brazil’s Santos, won the next two in ’62 and ’63. It’s a proper throwback final lineup…
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