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Bolivian team Universitario forfeits match at 7-0 down after playing youth team

Bolivia's Wilstermann saw their opponents Universitario forfeit the game after fielding youth players and losing 7-0 at half-time.

The Bolivian Footballers' Association (FABOL) have denounced Universitario for fielding youth players in a top-flight game at the weekend and have threatened to stop the competition should that happen again.

A dispute over unpaid wages saw Universitario rest their first-team players and instead use their under-19 squad, with players ranging from 15 to 19 years of age, in Sunday's encounter at Primera A leaders Wilstermann in the city of Cochabamba.

The game ended up being forfeited because, after...

 By Tim Vickery

Copa Libertadores qualifiers usually a launchpad for unfancied sides

The winner of the Atletico Junior-Guarani qualifier could be a sleeper in the Copa Libertadores.

The big guns of Europe are fighting for places in the closing rounds of the Champions League. Across the Atlantic, the South American equivalent is at a very different stage.

The Copa Libertadores is currently halfway through the third and final qualifying round. Eight teams are vying for the four remaining slots in the group phase, which kicks off in 10 days with a full complement of 32 clubs from the continent's 10 countries.

In Europe, these early stages are largely irrelevant to the destiny...


River Plate stun Wilstermann with eight goals, advance to Copa semis

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Ignacio Scocco scored five times in River Plate's thrashing of Jorge Wilstermann.

River Plate reached the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores 8-3 on aggregate after a stunning 8-0 second-leg victory over Jorge Wilstermann at the Estadio Monumental on Thursday.

Former Sunderland forward Ignacio Scocco scored five goals, while an Enzo Perez brace and a strike from Ignacio Fernandez completed the remarkable turnaround in South America's top club competition.

Scocco single-handedly erased the Buenos Aires side's 3-0 first-leg deficit before the 20-minute mark, finding the net in...

 By Tim Vickery

River Plate hit eight past Wilstermann; Lanus survive San Lorenzo in shootout

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River Plate's Ignacio Scocco celebrates after scoring one of his five goals against Wilstermann in the Copa Libertadores.

There was no fairy tale, and no real tension. On a cold, drizzly night in Buenos Aires, the 3-0 first leg lead established last week by little Jorge Wilstermann of Bolivia slipped away against an irresistible River Plate, who coasted to an 8-0 thrashing thanks in no small part to five goals from Ignacio Scocco.

In the previous round, the Bolivians defended doggedly to secure a goalless draw and eliminate Atletico Mineiro of Brazil. Armed with their three-goal cushion, they had hopes of doing something...

 By Tim Vickery

Bolivia's Jorge Wilstermann seek to soar into Copa Libertadores semifinals

Jorge Wilstermann's Zenteno celebrates after scoring against Atletico Mineiro.

The team named after a pioneer of Bolivian aviation have flown down to Buenos Aires ahead of the most important 90 minutes in their history.

Jorge Wilstermann, from the city of Cochabamba, are one more dogged defensive performance away from making it through to the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores, South America's Champions League. In last week's quarterfinal first leg, they thrashed Argentine giants River Plate by the astonishing margin of 3-0.

Thursday's rematch will be tougher. At home,...