Game of the week: 20 October 2010

19 October 2010: Argentine club Independiente hosted Uruguayan side Defensor Sporting Club in the second leg of their Copa Sudamericana last 16 game. Independiente trailed 1-0  from the first leg and needed to forget their dismal run of form in the Argentine league which had seen them capitulate pathetically in a 3-1 defeat to Primera División minnows All Boys at the weekend.

Things did not start well for Independiente, after only 12 minutes Defensor scored a vital away goal with an excellent acrobatic strike from Rodrigo Mora, meaning that Independiente had to win by 2 clear goals to progress.

Within 2 minutes Independiente recovered to give themselves some hope with a diving header from Néstor Silva. Five minutes later the comeback was really on when Hernán Fredes scored with an excellent long range strike.

On 28 minutes Independiente put themselves in the lead after excellent work from Patricio Rodríguez down the left to work a crossing opportunity which was controlled and scored brilliantly bu Nicolás Cabrera.

3 minutes into the 2nd half Defensor took the lead on away goals again with a great strike from their young midfielder Diego Rodríguez.

On 75 minutes Independiente after the two substitues combined to score the winner, Alberto Gómez did well to work a crossing opportunity and Nicolás Martínez headed in at the back post.

After a dismal season so far it seems that Independiente have finally found some determination and desire under new manager Antonio Mohammed and as a result have a Copa Sudamericana quarter final against Deportes Tolima of Colombia to look forward to.

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