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Panamanian Perez leads underdog Cucuta past Boca in Libertadores Cup
June 1st, 2007 9:07AM

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Panamanian striker Blas Perez led unfancied Colombian club Cucuta to a stunning 3-1 victory over Argentina's Boca Juniors in the first leg of their Libertadores Cup semifinal series on Thursday.

Perez scored two spectacular goals to the delight of a sellout crowd of 45,000 fans at the General Santander Stadium.

Boca led on a goal by Pablo Ledesma in the 27th minute, but Cucuta, which is trying to reach the Libertadores Cup final in its first attempt, stormed back on a pair of Perez goals, the first after wrong-footing Boca defender Daniel Dias and the second after lobbing Boca substitute goalkeeper Aldo Bobadilla. Ruben Bustos rounded out the scoring with a dipping free kick.

Gremio beat Brazilian rival Santos 2-0 in the first leg of the other semifinal on Wednesday.

GAME SUMMARIES:
May 30 in Porto Alegre
Gremio (Brazil) 2 Santos (Brazil) 0. Goals:
Tcheco pen. 34, Carlos Eduardo 36.
Gremio --
Saja, Patricio, William, Teco, Lucio, Sandro Goiano, Gavilan, Diego Souza (Edmilson, 79), Tcheco (Ramon, 46), Carlos Eduardo, Tuta.
Santos --
Fabio Costa, Alessandro (Pedrinho, 46), Adailton, Avalos, Kleber, Maldonado, Rodrigo Souto, Cleber Santana (Moraes, 64), Ze Roberto, Jonas (Rodrigo Tabata, 46), Marcos Aurelio.
Referee:
Sergio Pezzota (Argentina).
Att.:
48,000.
May 31 in Cucuta

Cucuta (Col.) 3 Boca Juniors (Arg.) 1. Goals: Perez 37, 64, Bustos 83; Ledesma 27.
Cucuta -- Zapata, Bustos, Hurtado, Moreno, Gonzalez, Castro (Cordoba, 32; Florez, 72), Rueda (Pajoy, 77), Del Castillo, M. Torres, Martinez, Perez.
Boca Juniors -- Caranta (Bobadilla, 46), Ibarra, Diaz, Morel, Rodriguez (Silvestre, 77), Ledesma, Banega, Cardozo (Datolo, 69), Riquelme, Palacio, Palermo.
Referee: Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay).
Att.: 45,000.



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