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Pachuca crashes out of Copa Libertadores

Jose Francisco Torres 1 (AP)

By GIANFRANCO PANIZO

If you were keeping a close eye on the Copa Libertadores because of the U.S. national team players participating in it then you will have one less player to watch for. Torres and Pachuca were eliminated last night from the Copa Libertadores by Universidad de Chile, despite winning the second leg of their home-and-home series, on Wednesday night.

Pachuca received a lucky break ten minutes into the game when Felipe Seymour commit a rough slide tackle from behind on Torres. Tempers flared between the two clubs on the ensuing skirmish and midfielder Mauricio Arias was given a red card for shoving Paul Aguilar's face.

But even with the one man advantage, Pachuca's hopes of reaching the Libertadores' group stage suffered a huge blow as their first-half goal from defender Carlos Rodriguez was negated by Marco Estrada's 58th minute equalizer.

Pachuca would add a late game-winner and even though the teams tied on aggregate (2-2), Universidad de Chile advanced on away goals. Universidad de Chile topped Pachuca last Wednesday, 1-0.

U.S. fans still have on American in the Copa Libertadores in San Luis and U.S. national team defender Michael Orozco.

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  1. Crap, I didn’t even know they were playing last night…I ended up watching Idol with the wife…if only there was some place that published these sheduled games from the NATS ….

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  2. Other games if you all are interested:

    Sporting Cristal of Peru narrowly missed out on advancing to the group stages after a 1-0 loss to Estudiantes of Argentina (Veron & Co.).

    Cristal had a 2-1 advantage from the 1st leg and looked like it would pull off the upset but Estudiantes’ constand raids finally penetrated the Cristal defense with about 20 minutes left.:(

    Palmeiras finished off Real Potosi of Bolivia 2-0 in the highest altitude in the world for a professional soccer game (I believe) and ran away with a 7-1 global result.

    Nacional of Paraguay will also attempt to finish off El Nacional of Ecuador, taking with it a 5-0 lead and playing at home.

    Group stages begin next week!!!

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  3. the game was pretty good. To bad pachuca didnt advance they are the only Mexican team i can watch. Aw well I guess San Luis and Torres will do.

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