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Panamanian Perez leads underdog Cucuta past Boca in Libertadores Cup
June 1st, 2007 9:07AM
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TAGS:  argentina, brazil, copa libertadores


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.

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.
Sergio Pezzota (Argentina).
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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