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Copa Libertadores

  • May 27, 2011
  • • 02:00
  • • Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
  • Referee: C. Amarilla

Copa Libertadores preview: Penarol - Velez Sarsfield

Copa Libertadores preview: Penarol - Velez Sarsfield

The two continental heavyweights meet in the Copa Libertadores for the first time on Thursday evening, as they fight out for a place in the 2011 final


Penarol (4-4-2):
Sosa; G. Rodriguez, D. Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Valdez; Aguiar, Freitas, Corujo, Mier; Olivera, Martinuccio

No surprises for the home team. The Manya line up with the same XI which battled past Catolica last week, playing with dynamic duo Martinuccio and Olivera up front.

Velez Sarsfield (4-3-1-2):
Barovero; Cubero, Domínguez, Ortiz, Papa; Fernandez, Razzotti, Zapata; Moralez; Silva, Martínez

Velez also stick to the old mantra of "don't change a winning team". Ricardo Gareca makes no alterations to his heroic Asuncion line up, with Santiago Silva back in scoring form and fully fit.

  • Penarol have already taken on two Argentine teams in the 2011 Copa, securing mixed results in the group stage against Independiente and Godoy Cruz.
  • The Carboneros took six points against Godoy, but were beaten on both occasions against the Rojo.
  • Their current run has seen them down three current champions: Libertadores holders Internacional, Chilean side Catolica and Ecuadorian winners Liga de Quito have all fallen to the Uruguayans.
  • The team also boast an Argentine in their ranks, influential No. 10 and ex-Nueva Chicago man Alejandro Martinuccio (pictured).

  • Penarol and Velez Sarsfield have met just twice in international competition, surprising given the teams' impressive record in South America.
  • They clashed in the 2001 Copa Mercosur group stage, with Velez winning 3-0 in Liniers and Penarol winning 2-1 in Montevideo.
  • This will however be the first time they meet in the Libertadores.
  • Similar to their rivals, the Fortin will start with one Uruguayan; powerful ex-Nacional striker Santiago Silva.
  • The goals have flowed freely in recent weeks for Velez. 12 strikes have been registered in four knock-out games.
  • Overall the team have scored 24 times in 2011, making them the most potent side in the entire championship.
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