With a pitch in reasonable good conditions and at more normal altitude, Universitario de Sucre proved being nothing close to a menace. Palmeiras naturally and even with ease launched wave after wave of attacks, drawing ever closer to the opponent’s goal. After two very similar and perfect crosses by Gabriel Silva – on the first occasion finding Kleber’s forehead and on the second, Luan’s – with less than 30 minutes the scoreboard already showed 2-0.
The first half offered up a single big surprise, and a pleasing one, one should add: Valdivia on the pitch and apparently fully recovered. Clearly Scolari opted for not revealing the Chilean’s real condition, as most of us doubted Valdivia would even be participating in this Sunday’s derby against Corinthians.
On to the second half, which had not more than started when the stadium lights went off. The break lasted for roughly 30 minutes, while players kept warm and goofed around in apparent tranquillity. When the power was restored, Palmeiras maintained superiority. Highlights included Kleber having a finger pulled back into position by the medic team, a goal by Universitario – for a couple of moments rendering the game a bit more nerve – and a cross by Marcos Assunção meeting Danilo’s forehead, effectively killing any of Universitario’s growing aspirations. Watch the highlights below.
Palmeiras’ opponent in the quarter-finals is Atlético-MG, who got the best out of the two games against Colombian team Santa Fé. Also Goiás did well against Peñarol in Montevideo and went through to face either Brazilian Avaí or their opponent Emelec from Equador, who tonight play the decisive game. The fourth quarter-final sports LDU Quito (Ecuador) against Newell’s Old Boys (Argentina).