Absence of the away-goals rule in the Copa Libertadores finals cost Fluminense of Rio dearly, the ruling helped LDU of Quito to become the first Ecuadorian team to become the winners of the Latin America’s premier club competition.
The away game in Quito ended 4-2 to LDU and the Judi Online24Jam Deposit Uang return leg 3-1 to Fluminense, which would have guaranteed the title to the Brazilians according to the UEFA’s rules…and indeed according to the rules applied in Copa Libertadores in all stages EXCEPT in the finals.
However, the return game went to extra time and then to penalties, where LDU had more composure, winning 1-3.
It was a dramatic match in front of an 85,000 crowd at the Maracana stadium, LDU going ahead in the 6th minute and Fluminense coming back with a hat trick from Thiago Neves. Ironically, it was Neves who missed a penalty together with Washington and Conca, helping LDU take the trophy to Quito.
Ironically, the away-goals rule favoured the Ecuadorians in the semifinals, where it did apply. There they eliminated América of Mexico City with a 1-1 draw away and 0-0 at home.
Wigan renounce Klasnic because England’s “too cold”?
Wigan’s manager Steve Bruce discarded the signing of the Croatian Ivan Klasnic supposedly because his transplanted kidney would not react well to England’s cold weather, wrote The Daily Mail.
According to the British media, Bruce’s medical team studied Klasnic’s background and determined he was better off living in a warmer climate since his kidney, donated by his father, would allegedly suffer in colder areas.
Curiously, the Croatian striker, scorer of two goals at the recent European Championship, did not seem to be aware of this bit of medical information, although he spent the whole past winter in …