Libertadores: Vélez out on away goals in semi-final thriller (video)

Santiago Silva looks at the ground he's just slipped on after scuffing his penalty

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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2 thoughts on “Libertadores: Vélez out on away goals in semi-final thriller (video)

  1. Can’t believe Silva missed that penalty! Felt sorry for Velez, thought they deserved to go through on the balance of play last night. Great game though.

  2. great game, last night. cant hold silva responsible, as many other events occured over the 180 minutes of the semi. but it was still crushing for velez, who definitely deserved to win. on the other hand, very impressive stuff by penarol to beat u. catolica and now velez.

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