Copa Sudamericana Round-up: Universitario earn dramatic late victory in penalty shootout as Velez progress with draw

After a slow start Velez cancelled out the Chilean threat to ensure progression and Andy Polo's late strike enabled Universitario to beat Godoy Cruz in a penalty shoot-out
Velez Sarsfield
Universidad Catolica
Velez Sarsfield win 3-1 on aggregate

A poor start from Velez allowed Catolica hope to get back in contention for qualification despite the Argentine side's 2-0 triumph in Chile a fortnight ago. However, they eventually worked their way into the game ensuring that it was they who progressed to the quarter-finals.

The visitors looked extremely threatening going forward with Milovan Mirosevic as the playmaker in an extremely fluid attacking quartet. Cato's ambitious line-up worked wonders immediately as Francisco Pizarro squared the ball in front of the goal but Mirosevic could not reach it for a tap in.

The breakthrough did eventually come with half-an-hour gone as Gonzalo Sepulveda drilled in from Mirosevic’s lay-off 20 yards from goal.

In the second half, Velez began to string a few passes together and wrangled control of the game from the Chileans. Velez scored the crucial goal 13 minutes from time when Fernando Ortiz nodded home from Hector Canteros’ dead-ball delivery.

Alejandro Cabral struck the bar late on for Velez with a deft scoop but the score remained 1-1 to see the Buenos Aires side through to the last eight.

Godoy Cruz
Universitario win 3-2 on penalties (2-2 agg.)

After a 1-1 first leg draw in Mendoza, it was all to play for in the second leg. Both teams came out to attack but after 30 minutes of football, Godoy Cruz began to assume control. Diego Villar orchestrated the midfield and Ruben Ramirez was supplying the fire-power in attack.

Their continual pressing paid off when Israel Damonte netted a header from a corner on the stroke of half time, handing his side the lead and matching Universitario’s away goal from the first leg.

Pablo Vitti was unfortunate to not get on the score sheet as he was left stretching for the ball in front of an open goal on two separate occasions in the second half.

The Peruvians left it late but got their equaliser five minutes from time when Edison Flores’ chipped centre was met by Andy Polo. The 17-year-old striker looped a header over Sebastian Torrico and into the back of the net to force the tie into a penalty shootout.

With four penalties taken each, the score stood at 2-2. Tomba goalscorer Damonte stepped up for their final spotkick but his effort was saved by Llontop. Jesus Rabanal did not waste the opportunity to earn victory, coolly dispatching the winning penalty for the Peruvians.