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Copa Libertadores wrap: Deportivo, Espanola through to last 16

18 April 2012 07:05

Matias Alustiza scored four goals as Deportivo Quito booked their place in the Copa Libertadores knockout stages with a 5-0 rout of Chivas.

Quito dominated from the outset at Stadio Olimpico Atahualpa on Tuesday, taking the lead in the 18th minute when Alustiza hammered the ball emphatically into the top corner.

The hosts continued to control the game and Alustiza extended their advantage 10 minutes later.

Any hopes of a Chivas turnaround were extinguished when Jorge Enriquez was dismissed for a second yellow just before the hour mark, before Fidel Martinez compounded their misery when he headed home seven minutes later.

There was still enough time for Alustiza to add two more to his tally before full-time as Quito finished second in Group 7, qualifying behind top-placed Velez Sarsfield, who suffered a surprising 3-1 defeat at home to Defensor Sporting.

Needing a win to keep any hopes of qualification alive, Defensor got off to a great start by taking the lead at Estadio Jose Amalfitani through a Nicolas Olivera goal.

Velez pressed for an equaliser but were left exposed to the counter attack, and found themselves 2-0 down when Diego Martin Rodriguez extended Defensor's lead before half-time.

Uruguayans Defensor refused to sit back on their lead and went further ahead when Matias Britos broke the offside trap and lifted the ball over German Montoya for a 3-0 advantage, before the hosts pulled one back in the 64th minute via a Federico Insua penalty.

With Quito defeating Chivas, the win was in vain as Defensor finished third in the group and were eliminated from the tournament.

In Group 3, Union Espanola managed to qualify from top spot despite suffering a 2-1 defeat to 10-man Junior in Barranquilla.

Espanola went ahead at Estadio Metropolitano after 13 minutes, with Emiliano Vecchio curling a free kick into goal.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Sherman Cardenas converted a penalty to draw the sides level 10 minutes later.

Junior's Dominguez was dismissed in the 29th minute after handling the ball outside of his area, yet it did not stop the hosts from recording an upset win when Luis Paez converted the Colombian side's second penalty in the 35th minute.

The remainder of the game was bereft of action as Espanola wasted several chances in front of goal.

Despite the shock loss, the Chilean club managed to retain top spot ahead of Bolivar courtesy of a superior goal difference.

Bolivar joined Espanola on 10 points in the group standings after romping to a 3-0 win over Universidad Catolica in La Paz, securing their place in the last 16 for the first time since 2000.

The game started at a frenetic pace and the Bolivians stormed ahead with just two minutes on the clock, with Pablo Frontini turning the ball home at the back post.

The hosts were relentless in attack and continued to pepper the opposition goal with shots from distance, the pressure telling in the 27th minute as Walter Flores hammered an exquisite 35-yard strike into goal.

Bolivar wrapped up the win four minutes after the restart, with Damian Lizio slotting home a looping volley from 20 yards.

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Info

Competition
Copa Libertadores
Date
18 April 2012
Game week
6
Kick-off
03:30
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1

Goals

0 - 1
S. Cárdenas (PG) 23'
(assist by L. Páez) 
1 - 1
L. Páez (PG) 35'
(assist by J. Núñez) 
2 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1 34'
14
19
18
15 22'
2 61'
5
21
10 13'
7
23
Coach: J. Sierra

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
12 90+1'
14
16
7
24
22
23
# Player Bookings
9
11
4
8
17
22
24

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