Soccer Betting - Copa Santander Libertadores Recap

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

By  North Shore Sports
Copa Santander Libertadores

Soccer Betting Online: If you're looking for the best soccer betting news on the internet, you've come to the right place! Here's all you need to know about what has taken place thus far in the premier South American soccer tournament out there, the Copa Santander Libertadores.

Way back on January 26th, this tournament got underway, as 38 of the best teams in South America got together and battled it out for the right to be named as the best club team in CONMEBOL. Six of the lesser sides in this tournament were knocked out right away in the first stages of home and home action, which left 32 teams that were split into eight groups of four teams apiece.

The four teams played double round robin action against one another, as there were six matches in soccer betting action spread out over the course of the last two months. The top two teams in each of the groups of four advanced into the knockout rounds.

There were definitely some surprises along the way, and there were very few dominating teams. In fact, only Paraguay's Libertad and Brazil's Cruzeiro were able to get through the six matches without a loss. Cruzeiro was the dominating side in soccer betting festivities in Copa Libertadores, accounting for 20 goals through six matches against just one allowed.

The five Brazilian teams that made it into the second stage all got into the third round, including last year's champions of this event, Internacional.

The teams were seeded No. 1 to No. 16, and the champs were given the No. 3 seed, posting the third most points in the group stages. Unfortunately for Internacional, it was upset right away by Uruguayan side, Penarol, the No. 14 seed. Little did we know that this would be the start of something special for the Paraguayans. They made it through Universidad Catolica and Velez Sarsfield, who had just upset Libertad in the quarterfinals of this event. Now, Penarol is one of the two sides in the finale.

The other team in the finale of this event is a Brazilian side, but it isn't Cruzeiro that is here. In fact, the No. 1 seed in this field was knocked out right away in the Round of 16, losing on aggregate to No. 16 Once Caldas 3-2. Santos, the third ranked team from Brazil, has had a relatively easy road to get here, including a romp over Cerro Porteno in the semifinals, 4-1 on aggregate.

And now, soccer betting action has now come down to these two teams. The first leg will be played on June 15th in Uruguay, while the return leg will be hosted by Santos in Brazil on June 22nd. The team with the most goals scored between these two teams will win the Copa Libertadores 2011.

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