Copa Sudamericana Universidad de Chile holds champs Internacional; Botafogo beats Emelec; Rolando Zarate gives Velez a dramatic win; Vagner Love on target for Palmeiras in Brazil

Velez Sarsfield 3 – Union Espanola 2 (Copa Sudamericana, September 23, 2009) Hernan Rodrigo Lopez gave Velez the lead in the 23rd minute, but Union Espanola went ahead with a 33rd-minute goal by David Ramirez and a 60th-minute strike by Raul Estevez. But an own goal by Diego Resende levelled it up in the 90th minute before Rolando Zarate’s header secured the victory.

Alianza Atletico 2 – Fluminense 2 (Copa Sudamericana, September 23, 2009) Flu took an early lead with Luiz Alberto Da Silva scoring at the sixth minute. Second half goals by Saulo Aponte and Marcio Valverde put Alianza Atletico ahead before Argentinian playmaker Dario Conca equalised in the 74th minute.

Internacional 1 – Universidad de Chile 1 (Copa Sudamericana, September 23, 2009) The visitors went ahead thanks to a long-distance shot by Argentinian midfielder Walter Montillo in the 23rd minute. Inter levelled the game 32 minutes into the second half, when Kleber beat Miguel Pinto after good work by Andres D’Alessandro.

Botafogo 2 – Emelec 0 (Copa Sudamericana, September 23, 2009) Botafogo defeated Ecuador’s Emelec 2-0, with Renato scoring the first goal in first-half injury time. Eighteen minutes after the interval Andre Lima headed a Juninho cross for number two.


Cruzeiro 1 – Palmeiras 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 23, 2009) Thiago Ribeiro slid the home side into the lead on seven minutes only for Diego Souza to equalise with a pretty straight forward free kick two minutes later. Vagner Love won the game early in the second half with a composed finish.