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Nissan South American Cup:
eight teams looking to break parity and reach semifinals
Last year’s champion, Liga de Quito, Argentines Independiente and Newell's Old Boys, Brazilians Palmeiras, Atletico Mineiro, Avai and Goiás, and Deportes Tolima of Colombia are looking for a good amount of goals to break the ‘tie sickness1' that ails them all and reach the semifinals of the Copa Nissan Sudamericana.
This is the most balanced quarter-final stage in the history of the Copa Sudamericana, which began in 2002 as there were no losers in the first leg round, although jubilant faces projecting the rematch for the aggregate value acquired by goals scored out of home to settle ties with points.
The last champion of the tournament, Liga de Quito, but took a 0-0 pitch from Newell's, relies on the qualification because of the experience gained in recent years, having also won the Copa Libertadores and the Recopa Sudamericana. And last but not least, once again betting on the goal lust of their Argentine strikers Hernan Barcos and Carlos Luna, when they play at Casablanca stadium.
the men of Argentine coach Edgardo Bauza arrive at this Wednesday’s match at a magical moment, with their weekend win over Deportivo Cuenca, that raised the value of their shares to play at the end of the year for the Ecuadorian league title with Emelec. Without making much noise, Newell's solved with a scoreless draw its visit to Godoy Cruz on Saturday and with twenty-two points is in the fourth-place in the local Torneo Apertura, eight from the leader and top candidate for the title, Estudiantes de La Plata.
The first duel between Brazilian teams will be as early as Wednesday when former Palmeiras coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, will host Atletico Mineiro, which in the first leg of the South American allowed a 1-1 draw.
Far from the stellar positions in the Brazilian Championship, Scolari's men, however, can say that with their tenth place they are 'less worse' than Atletico Mineiro, mired in a struggle against relegation, while Palmeiras defeated Guarani at home, the 'Minas Gerais' people signed a draw at home with Santos.
The other duel between Brazilians will be on Thursday, when Avaí receives Goias to resolve the dispute that left a 2-2 first-leg. As Atletico Mineiro, Goiás and Avaí are struggling against relegation to the second division and to stay alive in the Copa Sudamericana has become a sort of lifeline for economic and sporting revenue to save the season.
The quarter-final series closes on Thursday, with the clash between Independiente and Deportes Tolima, with conflicting stories in local tournaments. While the Avellaneda people wait for the end of the Apertura to forget a campaign in which they are Eighteenth among twenty, Deportes Tolima has the luxury of preserving their position in the local tournament with replacement players and think of full completion in the South American .
Independiente feels more at ease after having left Ibague with two goals in their saddle bags, but Tolima knows it has good fire power, which can wreak havoc at Juan Domingo Peron stadium, a stage lent to the red team of Avellaneda since the Libertadores de America was suspended by CONMEBOL.
The fight for the title of top scorer has a new candidate, as Brazilian Rafael Moura of Goiás completed five last week and is three behind the leader, Uruguayan Rodrigo Mora, whose team, Defensor Sporting, was eliminated in the knockout phase.
- Second leg of the quarter-finals:
10.11.2010: Liga de Quito-Newell's Old Boys (First leg: 0-0)
10.11.2010, Palmeiras, Atletico Mineiro (First leg: 1-1)
11.11.2010: Avai-Goiás (First leg: 2-2)
11.11.2010: Independent-Deportes Tolima (First leg: 2-2)
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