Miracles in short supply
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There were no miracles or major surprises as the first phase of the 50th Copa Libertadores de America came to a conclusion. Most of the sides who had built up first-leg leads managed to see the job through, the only exceptions being Sporting Cristal and Deportivo Anzoategui, who fell to Estudiantes and Deportivo Cuenca respectively.

FIFA.com reviews the second week of action in Latin America's premier club competition.

Game of the week
Estudiantes de La Plata 1-0 Sporting Cristal
Goal: Ramon Lentini 76

One goal up from the first leg, the Peruvians only needed a draw to ensure their place in Group 5. And they were only 14 minutes away from achieving their goal when young striker Roman Lentini, a regular scorer with Estudiantes's youth teams, headed home to maintain the Argentinians' hopes of winning the title for a fourth time.

Surprise of the week
Pachuca 2-1 Universidad de Chile
Goals: Gerardo Rodriguez 24 pen, Damian Alvarez 84 (Pachuca); Marco Estrada 58 (U. de Chile)

The winners of the Copa Sudamericana in 2006 and participants in the FIFA Club World Cup for the last two years, Pachuca were widely expected to reach the latter stages of the competition. 1-0 down from the first leg, the Mexicans pulled level on aggregate through Rodriguez only for Estrada's second-half strike to put the Chileans on course for a place in Group 7. Alvarez's late goal gave the massed ranks of Tuzos fans renewed hope, but it was Sergio Markarian's men who were celebrating when the final whistle blew.

Elsewhere
Picking up where Liga de Quito left off last year, Deportivo Cuenca brought yet more Copa joy to Ecuador. Brazilian Rodrigo Teixeira and his Argentinian sidekick Ismael Villalba inspired Guillermo Duro's side to a thrilling 3-0 win over nine-man Deportivo Anzoategui, overturning last week's 2-0 defeat in Venezuela.

Montevideo giants Penarol were hoping for a similar turnaround when they hosted Independiente Medellin at the Estadio Centenario. Last Wednesday's 4-0 reverse in Colombia had left the inaugural winners of the competition with too much to do, however, with the visitors holding them to a tame goalless draw to claim a berth in Group 4.

The only winners on the road this week were Palmeiras, who beat Real Potosi 2-0 to complete a 7-1 aggregate win, both goals coming from Keirrison. In the final tie of the round Nacional of Paraguay followed up their 5-0 first-leg victory at El Nacional by racing into a 3-0 lead in the return fixture, with Jorge Nunez scoring twice and Heber Arriola also on target. Their Ecuadorian guests avoided complete humiliation as Michael Pita, Jorge Ladines and Edmundo Zara got on the scoresheet to secure a face-saving 3-3 draw.

Player of the week
Rodrigo Teixeira (Deportivo Cuenca)
The Brazilian was the architect of Cuenca's comeback against Anzoategui in Quito. The 30-year-old forward scored his side's first two goals, earned the foul that resulted in Edixon Cuevas's dismissal and was involved in the move that led to Villalba's winner. Cuenca's Group 2 rivals have been warned.

The stat
0 -
The number of Uruguayan teams who have safely negotiated the first round of the Copa Libertadores since the introduction of two-legged knockout ties. Penarol went out at the same stage in 2005, followed by Defensor Sporting in 2006, Danubio in 2007 and Montevideo Wanderers last year.

What they said
"Getting knocked out really hurts but Universidad de Chile deserved it. They scored away from home, something we couldn't do in Santiago, and that's what made the difference. It's a real shame because we wanted to continue in the tournament, although my job doesn't depend on that." Pachuca coach Enrique Meza laments his side's elimination.

This week's results

Tuesday 3
Penarol (URU) 0-0 Independiente Medellin (COL)
Deportivo Cuenca (ECU) 3-0 Deportivo Anzoategui (VEN)

Wednesday 4
Estudiantes (ARG) 1-0 Sporting Cristal (PER)
Real Potosi (BOL) 0-2 Palmeiras (BRA)
Pachuca (MEX) 2-1 Universidad de Chile (CHI)

Thursday 5
Nacional (PAR) 3-3 El Nacional (ECU)