Libertadores: Velez qualify as Tigre hopes look slim


Velez celebrate reaching the knockout stages of this years Copa Libertadores

Tuesday night saw the return of the Copa Libertadores and the involvement of two Argentine clubs experiencing mixed fortunes. Velez Sarsfield travelled to Chile to face Deportes Iquique knowing that a win would see them safely through to the knockout stages. With a game to spare Velez have done just that after a comfortable 3 – 1 win last night. Things didn’t go so well later in the evening when Tigre visited Sao Paulo to play Palmeiras. After snatching a last minute win when the two sides met in Argentina, Palmeiras exacted revenge with a 2 – 0 win leaving Tigre with a lot to do if they want to qualify. Mathematically it is still alive but their record this year of 3 defeats from their 4 matches does little to suggest that they will turn this around. SEE THE GOALS HERE…..


A pretty simple night’s work for Velez got off to a dream start as they took lead after just 6 minutes. Luck was on their side when centre back Sebastian Dominguez’s free kick took a huge deflection off the wall and wrong footed the Iquique keeper. Velez continued to push and soon they doubled their advantage. A poor defensive clearance was seized upon by Velez youngster, Lucas Romero and the 18 year old made no mistake in firing the ball low into the corner. Iquique squandered a great chance to get back in the game when Rodrigo Diaz saw his penalty saved but not long after they were able to celebrate a goal when Manuel Villalobos punished some poor Velez passing. In the second half Velez made sure when Jonathan Copete finished from close range. Velez qualify and unless Emelec can beat them by 4 goals in Liniers they will be through as group winners.


Tigre’s hopes hang in the balance after their lattest Libertadores disappointment. Goals from Ciao Mancha and a nicely worked goal from Charles saw the Brazilians win by two goals and strengthen their own chances of qualification. Tigre’s next game at home to Sporting Cristal will decide their fate, but with their form so far in this year’s tournament and Cristal beating them 2 – 0 earlier in the group, it doesn’t look good.

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