HT and Santos are ahead 1-0 through a great headed goal by CB Edu Dracena from a great Neymar cross in from the left. Neymar's absolutely tormenting Cerro Porteno. Aside from two chances for CP, its been all Santos.
Coritiba scored, 1-0
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Roberto Nanni coming on for Cerro, top scorer in the comp this year
Neymar having a good game
BTW Robin who are Santos' opponents? Since this is the Semi-finals I thought its likely I'd know the team but I've never heard of them before.
Nanni in.....Edu Dracena and Durval about to have their hands full (at least CP hopes). Good night for Neymar so far. Wonder when we'll see Iturbe.a
Well, that's Vasco through to the final. Back very soo with a full round up of tonights results.
And Coritiba with a 1-0 win over Ceara, cutesy of Alexandra.
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Apparently Iturbe's lack of effectiveness in the previous round against Jaguares has earned the ire of Cerro Porteno fan's because of a perceived lack of focus since he is signed and ready to leave for Porto in the summer. Cerro Porteno do have the return leg at home and with a mere 1-0 deficit to overcome, Santos will really sweat this one.
I think Santos will get through, but as you say, tough game.
I've just been trying to catch up on results, but the 'football expert' just wants to sell me a new car.
That's Brazilian tv sports coverage for you.
Back in the morning folks.
Hold on, something doesn't add up here..I thought we had someone better than Messi in our team in the shape of Joe Cole?
And there is all this talk about "Messi junior"??
On a more serious note, Barca are moving in for Leandro Damiao according to loads of sources in the past couple of days. Any word out there in Brazil confirming this Robin?
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vis, Barca was going to be "rich getting richer" but not much more heartburn for me but Spurs are possibly making a bid for Damiao.
Damiao is a newly capped International and tbh, his goalscoring record this season is very good in the Copa Lib (4 games, 4 goals, 4 assists) but even though the rest of his goals (18) were scored against somewhat mediocre competition in the Gaucho State championship, from the Copa Lib games of his I've seen, he has the quality to significantly improve Spurs attack.
Cheating a bit here, v busy, plus getting the Copa America thread up and running. A bit of copy and paste from ESPN news-desk.
Edu Dracena helped Brazilian giants Santos clinch a 1-0 home win over Paraguay's Cerro Porteno in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores semi-finals.
The win, at the Estadio Pacaembu, means Muricy Ramalho's Santos gained little advantage ahead of the second leg next Wednesday at the Estadio Defensores del Chaco in Asuncion.
In the 44th minute, Edu Dracena headed in a Neymar cross to gave Santos the lead, the ball hitting the crossbar before going in. Only seconds later, Cerro Porteno could have levelled the scores but Santos keeper Rafael saved a Pedro Benitez header from a free-kick by Julio Dos Santos.
In the final seconds of the game, Neymar crossed for Alan Patrick but his left-foot shot was saved with his feet by Cerro keeper Diego Barreto.
Dracena said: "It could have been 2-0, but another important point is that we did not concede goals tonight. We play better as visitors. I hope we can play better football in Paraguay in order to win. Tonight, we fought a lot, we showed an aggressive side."
The other semi-final tie will see Uruguayan giants Penarol take on Argentinian league leaders Velez Sarsfield in the first leg in Montevideo on Thursday night.
In any case, spuds will be linked to every striker and his dog in this transfer window and if my calculations are good, they'd eventually end up signing Carlton Cole
Velez v Penarol - Penarol actually looking the more aggressive side these first 15 mins. 0-0 @16mins.
Penarol up 1-0 at Halftime on a defensive mixup by Velez Sarsfield.
Velez are really missing Maxi Moralez who is out injured today. Hopefully he is back for the return leg because without him the team is lacking that final through pass or the scintillating runs at the defenses that he has been providing them throughout the campaign. Holding this Velez team to no goals after a half of football is laudatory.
This thread has received almost 26k visits. That also amazes me. Great to see such an interest from people. I appreciate that is not 26k different people, but that means many people are visiting the thread to find out the latest news.
Either way, the thread has proved a success..
A big thank you to everybody, for making the effort worthwhile.
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