4. LIBERTADORES CUP: Chivas Guadalajara reaches Libertadores semis
Chivas Guadalajara upset Argentine club Velez Sarsfield, 2-1, in Buenos Aires to
advance to the Libertadores Cup semifinals for the second straight year.
Ramon Morales scored from the penalty spot in the first half and Adolfo
Bautista increased the lead while Chivas played with a man down after
Diego Martinez's ejection. "If you ask me whether we can become the first
Mexican side to win the Copa Libertadores, I'd say that we definitely can," said
Chivas keeper Oswaldo Sanchez. The first leg, which Chivas played before
the World Cup without six starters who were in national team camp, had ended
Since Mexican teams were invited to the South American club championship in
1999, one has reached the final -- Cruz Azul, which fell on penalty kicks to
Boca Juniors in 2001. Guadalajara is the first Mexican team to reach the final
four two years in a row while marking the fifth time that a Mexican club has
reached the semis.
In the semifinals, Guadalajara faces Brazil's Sao Paulo, which it beat twice in
group play. Sao Paulo beat Argentina's Estudiantes on penalty kicks after their
quarterfinal series ended tied, 1-1, on aggregate.
River Plate, the third Argentine team fail in the quarterfinals, fell 5-3 on
aggregate to Paraguay's Libertad, which won the second leg, 3-1, in Asuncion in
a game that was abandoned in the 80th minute because of fan violence. The result
stands because the rioting was done by River fans. Libertad faces Sao Paulo in
the semis, which take place in the last week of July and the first week of
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