Brazilian teams humiliated in Libertadores Cup
Brazil had a night to forget in the Libertadores Cup as holders Internacional and favourites Cruzeiro were among four of the soccer power`s teams to crash out of the competition.
Buenos Aires: Brazil had a night to forget in the Libertadores Cup as holders Internacional and favourites Cruzeiro were among four of the soccer power`s teams to crash out of the competition.
Brazilian champions Fluminense and Gremio were also dumped, leaving Santos the only Brazilian team in the last eight of South America`s elite club tournament.
Cruzeiro, who had notched 20 goals and conceded just one in an unbeaten run through the group phase, suffered the biggest shock, losing 2-0 at the Aligator`s Arena in Sete Lagoas to Colombia`s Once Caldas, who had scraped into the last 16.
The result infuriated Cruzeiro coach Cuca, who was sent to the stands by the referee after he appeared to shove Caldas striker Wason Renteria in the face while on the touch-line in the final minutes.
Holding a 2-1 lead from the first leg in Colombia, Cruzeiro were expected to seal their passage comfortably, but it all went wrong in the last half hour with both teams down to 10 men.
Roger`s dismissal for a second booking cancelled out a straight red card given to Caldas midfielder Carlos Carbonero in the 56th minute before defender Diego Amaya headed the Colombians in front in the 66th.
Striker Dayro Moreno then handed Caldas a 3-2 aggregate victory when he tapped in after a shot rebounded off goalkeeper Fabio`s bar five minutes later.
"When it was 10 against 11 we played better than them but with 10 against 10 their headed goal filled our team with fear and then we conceded the other," an angry Cuca told reporters.