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Inter Win Copa Libertadores, Santos Laguna Remain Undefeated

There’s always a certain amount of intensity going into the second leg of the Santander Copa Libertadores, but the 2010 edition between CD Guadalajara of Mexico and Internacional of Brazil started off with a lot of mutual disrespect and animosity.

During the traditional game opening ceremony in which the national anthems of both the participating sides are played, the Mexican national anthem was cut short by the Brazilian band. With less than a third of the traditional portion of the Himno Nacional played, many players of the Chivas thought a disservice had been done to them.

Primera División journeyman and occasional representative of the national team, Adolfo “Bofo” Bautista felt particularly disrespected and left his lines to begin his warm-up during the Brazilian national anthem. Several other players in the line-up began stretching after witnessing the exceedingly bold act of Bautista.

The already pumped up crowd in Porto Alegre, Brazil was incensed by this act of disrespect although they were obviously unaware of the sudden stoppage of the previous anthem. The crowd began to roar and direct abuse towards “Bofo” Bautista, which he would hear all night whenever he touched the ball.

The first half began with just the same intensity as the pre-game ceremony, as both sides seemed willing to get stuck in with an opening 20 minutes of rough tackling with the visiting team picking up two yellows possibly provoked by the pressure and overdramatic reaction of the Brazilian multitude.

The Brazilian side definitely had the better of the opportunities in the first half including several shots on frame aiding by excellent service from playmaker Andrés D’Allesandro. Inter looked strong, but good first halves by Reynosa, Magallón, and other members of the Chivas defense managed to keep the ball out of the net.

However, in traditional Chivas fashion in the 43rd minute, Guadalajara went ahead on a beautiful back to the goal volley that was a product of wonderful service despite the great individual effort by Marco Fabián.

The second half, in contrast, had the Chivas come out of the locker room looking in a bit slow in their step. In the 61st minute, player of the game Rafael Sobis would put Inter ahead for good in the aggregate score ahead as he managed to break away from Guadalajara defenders in the box and put away a strike.

Chivas never managed a proper response and looked exceedingly lazy in their build-ups as soft passes and misguided through balls thwarted opportunity after opportunity. One of these soft passes were intercepted by second half substitute Leandro who lead the break and put the nail in the coffin past Luis Ernesto Michel.

The end of the final saw Inter add one more goal and an additional consolation goal for Chivas by Omar Bravo.

The passion continued after the game as an ugly scene broke out between the two sides and their respective trainers, that was reportedly provoked by “el Bofo”, after receiving critisim for his actions before the game.

Santos remain undefeated, Jornada 4 Notes

Ecuadorian striker, Christian “Chucho” Benitez, has been a goal scoring machine since returning to the Primera División from English side, Birmingham City. Benitez made a great forward run to break a 0 – 0 deadlock and keep his side undefeated and on top of the Primera División.

Jaguares had various chances to even what was a very even contest but in the end was decided by the lone goal by “Chucho” Benitez who now has a league leading six goals in four games. He has scored half of the teams 12 goals up to now.

Monterrey kept up their impressive form behind striker Humberto Suazo, who put two goals in the back of the net as they routed UNAM 5 – 2. Suazo is also making a run for the golden boot with 4 goals.

Jornada 4 was a week of the 1 – 1 tie, as America & Atlas, Puebla & Atlante, Toluca & Tigres, Necaxa & Gallos Blancos all finished their games with this result.


One Response

  1. Good article, Dylan.

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