Copa Sudamericana 2011: Vélez stumble in their semi-final first leg

Vélez Sarsfield suffered a setback in Quito in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana semi-final, away to LDU Quito. With two goals from Hernán Barcos, the Argentine former Racing  and Huracán striker, Liga won 2-0 at home to set up an awkward second leg for Vélez on Tuesday night. One plus for Vélez is... Continue Reading →

Copa Sudamericana: some midweek goals

Both Lanus and San Lorenzo began their Copa Sudamericana campaigns proper during the last couple of days, and they had very contrasting fortunes in their first legs. San Lorenzo battered Peruvian club Cienciano 3-0 in the Nuevo Gasometro, whilst Lanus found themselves two goals down after six minutes against Ecuador's LDU Quito, and chasing the... Continue Reading →

‘Arses in our own hands’

Carlos Tevez had an interesting turn of phrase to describe Argentina's position in the South American qualifiers for South Africa 2010 after their loss to Ecuador on Wednesday night. You can read his eloquent words along with just under 1,000 of my own over on ESPN Soccernet - just click here.

Future Now

It was League Cup day in England and Scotland, but halfway across the world, Boca Juniors also fielded a side largely made up of youngsters in a second-rate knockout competition. In this case it was the Copa Sudamericana, and the opposition were the champions of South America - recent Copa Libertadores winners Liga de Quito.... Continue Reading →

Argentina 1 – 1 Ecuador

Following the experimentation of the North American friendlies last week, it was back to serious business for the selección on Sunday night, with a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador which was expected to be a mere warm up for the midweek clash away to Brazil. It proved a little trickier than that, though, with Argentina's... Continue Reading →

The relegation head-to-head gets going

Colón vs. Racing in the clash to avoid the relegation playoffs may still be over a week off, but the off-pitch battle has already begun. La Academia have been angered after the Santa Fé club's decision to use their home advantage to the greatest possible degree by giving them only 2,200 away tickets. Meanwhile, former... Continue Reading →

San Lorenzo 1 – 1 LDU Quito

San Lorenzo wanted a sizeable win on Thursday night against Liga de Quito, Estudiantes' conquerors in the previous round of the Copa Libertadores. Knowing they'll have to travel to the Ecuadorian capital to play a high-altitude second leg, Ramón Díaz's team needed to attack and get a couple of goals ahead for their fans to... Continue Reading →

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