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This is a very exciting tournament, like the UEFA Champions League but with that "crazy" stuff that is so prominent in South American soccer thrown in. I wish that FSWC would carry it. At least they have the highlights.

The first semifinal wrapped up on Tuesday night with Santos (Brazil) defeating Independiente Medellín (Colombia) 4-2 on aggregate.

The second leg of the second semifinal has just kicked off, América de Cali (Colombia --- a great season for Colombian teams) vs. Boca Juniors (Argentina). The coverage available on the Web is extensive: http://www.peru.com/futbol/libertadores/archivo/2003/envivo/radios/semana20.asp#DIMSAN lists 9 (!!!) radio broadcasts (but I can't get most of them to work --- Radio Mitre seems best) and two text sources, unfortunately all in Spanish (which might be at least a little understandable if they didn't talk so damn fast!). Boca won the first leg 2-0 and just scored to put América three down. Note that there is no away goal rule and no extra time, so if América can somehow score three then we'd go straight to PKs.

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quote:Originally posted by littleD

Boca won 4-0, setting up a bit of a dream final. :)

Not if you're Colombian, where a dream final would have been an all-Colombian affair. :)

Two goals were scored by Carlos Tévez. He just turned 19 years old and is the big story in Argentina right now.

It was evident from the commentators that South Americans put a lot more emphasis on the Intercontinental Cup than Europeans do. They kept referring to the game against Milan in Tokyo in December. Milan has a chance to become the sole leader in Intercontinental Cup wins (they are currently tied with Real Madrid, Peñarol and Nacional at three wins each), while Boca and Santos have a chance to join the leading pack (they currently have two wins each).

The Copa Libertadores final will be played over two legs: June 25 in Buenos Aires and July 2 in Sao Paulo.

Go Boca!!!

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The first leg of the final kicked off about 20 minutes ago (no score yet) in torrential rain at the Bombonera in Buenos Aires. As I mentioned in the first post of this thread, several audio Webcasts are available, but one broadcast that seems to be missing from that site I linked to is http://www.continental.com.ar/, which I'm told is the best one from Argentina. This station is actually broadcast in Toronto through 88.9 and so they will mention us at times during the broadcast, but for some reason 88.9 has Portuguese programming on right now instead of this game.

(Damn you FSWC!)

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The first leg ended 2-0 for Boca. The second leg was just completed minutes ago, 3-1 for Boca. So Boca Juniors are Copa Libertadores champions for the third time in four years, joining Uruguay's Peñarol in second place with 5 titles overall, and will face Milan in Tokyo in December.

Four players who will be at the Gold Cup for Brazil played for Santos over the two legs: Alex, Diego, Paulo Almeida Santos and Robinho. Alex scored Santos' only goal.

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