Copa Libertadores second round, second leg kick offs

Tuesday night sees the start of the Copa Libertadores round of 16 second leg matches, and by Friday we'll know who the quarter-finalists are. Can San Lorenzo keep hold of their one-goal advantage over River Plate? Will Lanús and Estudiantes overturn first-leg deficits? And are holders Boca Juniors going to find a potentially Riquelme-less trip... Continue Reading →


A decent debut

Arsenal de Sarandí played their first match in the Copa Libertadores proper on Wednesday evening. The task ahead of them was a tricky one: the visitors to El Viaducto were Paraguayan giants Libertad, who've made a habit of reaching the knockout stages in recent seasons. The result was better than expected and, perhaps, better than... Continue Reading →

Job done… just

A couple of hours after Lanús confirmed their participation in the Copa Libertadores with a win, Arsenal de Sarandí did the same in spite of a defeat. Their 2-0 home victory in the first leg proved enough for the Copa Sudamericana holders, as Mineros de Guyana could only manage a 2-1 win in Venezuela. The... Continue Reading →

Turning it round

League champions Lanús booked their place in the Copa Libertadores group stage on Tuesday night, winning in style against Ecuadorian champs Olmedo to overturn a 1-0 first leg defeat. In the first half, they looked edgy, creating chances but - as in Riobamba last week - not managing to finish them off. In the second,... Continue Reading →

Team news

With just a few days remaining before the 2008 Torneo Clausura begins, some of the sides are still going over their options when it comes to the formations and personnel for their opening matches. No such trouble for Argentina's Olympic manager Sergio Batista, who already seems to know his starting XI for Wednesday's match against Guatemala... Continue Reading →

Falling short

Argentine champions Lanús played their first competitive match of 2008 on Thursday night, away in Ecuadorian city of Riobamba, home of that country's domestic champions, Olmedo. Nearly 2,800 metres above sea level, the Granate struggled, and lost 1-0. Lanús started with a side chosen with the altitude in mind, and set up to attack without taking... Continue Reading →

A winning debut

Take a deep breath everyone... COMPETITIVE FOOTBALL IS BACK! Arsenal de Sarandí played the first meaningful match featuring an Argentine top-flight side of 2008, in their first ever game in the Copa Libertadores. It was a good start, too - they beat Mineros de Guyana of Venezuela 2-0 in El Vidaucto in the first leg... Continue Reading →

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