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Copa Libertadores

Dana: The sorry state of Argentine football

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 By Tim Vickery

Guarani fairy tale continues after surviving Racing gut check

After taking down Racing, Paraguay's Guarani will now face Argentine giants River Plate in the Copa Libertadores semifinals.
After taking down Racing, Paraguay's Guarani will now face Argentine giants River Plate in the Copa Libertadores semifinals.

As the FIFA scandal rolls on, the mind-boggling sums alleged to have changed hands in bribes might be seen as a perverse tribute to the power of the game. The heart of the matter appears to lie in the transaction of TV rights and marketing. If companies can afford to pay out on the level stated and still make a profit, it is surely an indication that the product has a huge appeal.

Last Thursday night gave a hint as to why that might be the case. The final place was being filled in the semifinals...

 By PA Sport

Guarani draw with Racing Club and advance to Copa Libertadores semis

Paraguay's Guarani midfielder Marcelo Palau celebrates after the final whistle as his team advances in the Copa Libertadores.

Paraguay's Guarani drew 0-0 at Argentinian giants Racing Club on Thursday, securing a Copa Libertadores' semifinal in the process thanks to a 1-0 aggregate win.

Racing, the champions of Argentina, needed to score, and spent most of the first half creating and wasting chances.

A red card for keeper Sebastian Saja just before the break hamstrung them, though, even if replacement stopper Nelson Ibanez did keep out Julian Benitez's penalty.

After that Guarani dug in and progressed.

"This was the best...

Copa Libertadores: River Plate stun Cruzeiro to reach semis

River Plate celebrate the second goal as they progressed.

Argentinian giants River Plate crushed Cruzeiro 3-0 in Brazil to storm into the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores.

Facing a 1-0 deficit from the first in Buenos Aires, the visitors hit back impressively in Belo Horizonte.

Uruguayan midfielder Carlos Sanchez levelled the tie on aggregate in the 19th minute with a right-footed strike and defender Jonathan Maidana made it 2-0 by heading home a Rodrigo Rojas corner just before half-time.

Colombia striker Teofilo Gutierrez sealed the win six minutes...

 By Tom Marshall

Tigres overcome Emelec to edge closer to Copa Libertadores dream

Jose Rivas of Tigres celebrates his series-winning goal to push Tigres to the Copa Libertadores semifinals.

Tigres became only the fourth Liga MX side to ever reach the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday, with a professional 2-0 win over Ecuadorian side Emelec to advance from the quarters 2-1 on aggregate.

Cruz Azul, Chivas (three times) and Club America (also three times) have made it to this stage of the competition before, but one of the holy grails of Mexican soccer is to become the first team to lift the famous CONMEBOL trophy and Tigres is the first side since Chivas in 2010 to get this...

 By Tim Vickery

Four players who may prove pivotal in Copa Libertadores quarterfinals

A goal at Racing on Thursday night from Federico Santander would go a long way to helping Paraguay's Guarani secure a Copa Libertadores semifinal berth.
A goal at Racing on Thursday night from Federico Santander would go a long way to helping Paraguay's Guarani secure a Copa Libertadores semifinal berth.

In the next few days South America will sort out the final four in its premier club competition, the Copa Libertadores -- and a spectre hangs over this week's quarterfinal second legs.

In theory the teams playing at home are the favourites. They have the superior record in the group phase, for which they have been rewarded with the right to play the decisive second leg in front of their own fans. But these teams are haunted by the idea of the ball hitting the back of their own net. Three of this...