CONMEBOL Libertadores Femenina Ecuador 2019 Hub: results, analysis, fixtures

Follow all of the action from the 2019 CONMEBOL Libertadores Femenina in Quito.

The 2019 CONMEBOL Libertadores Femenina will be held in Quito Ecuador from October 11th to 27th. The Estadio Olimpica Atahualpa and the Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado, or Casa Blanca, home of Liga de Quito, serve as hosts for the 16 team tournament. The sides have been drawn into four groups of four teams each, with the top two sides from each group then advancing to the quarterfinals. Atlético Huila of Colombia are the defending champions and will be looking to go back-to-back in 2019. Former champions Colo Colo, Corinthians, Ferroviária and Libertad Limpeño also feature in the 2019 edition. Throughout the 2019 competition, this page will provide coverage from the tournament, including highlights, goals, and standout performances, updating after each day of competition. 


How to Watch


Matches from the 2019 CONMEBOL Libertadores Femenina will be streamed through the CONMEBOL Libertadores Facebook page, subject to geographic restrictions. Matches can also be found streaming live on the CONMEBOL Libertadores YouTube Page, again subject to geographic restrictions. Updates will also be posted in Spanish and Portuguese via @LibertadoresFEM on Twitter and Instagram. 


Matchday 4


The second round of matches came to a close on Thursday night in Quito, with action in Group C and Group D setting up for an exciting conclusion on Saturday evening. 

The most anticipated match of Thursday's action featured former champion Corinthians battling one of the competition favorites in América de Cali in a crucial Group C matchup. Timão's Victoria Albuquerque opened the scoring with yet another long-distance golazo, adding her name to the list of players to tally from long range so far this Libertadores.

América de Cali responded before halftime, with Catalina Usme scoring from the spot to equalize. Following the halftime break, Gabi Zanotti held up play well to spring Millene in one-on-one and the Corinthians attacker took her chance well to pull her side in front again, 2-1. Just 10 minutes later, Millene tapped in to double the Corinthians lead, and that scoreline would hold, giving the Brazilians a 3-1 win and ensuring they need just a point in their final match to advance. América de Cali showed well on Thursday, but looked a bit out of sorts with the physicality presented by Corinthians, and now need a result on the final day to go through to the quarterfinals. 

Paraguayan side Libertad-Limpeño defeated Club Ñañas by a 3-0 mark later on in Group C, putting them level on points, and crucially ahead on goal differential, of América de Cali.

Libertad-Limpeño face Corinthians on the final match day, while América de Cali square off with Ñañas. 

Group D stands as the most competitive going into the final matchday following an intriguing set of results Thursday night. 

Santiago Morning bounced back from a draw with UAI Urquiza to handily defeat Majes 5-0 in the early match. María Rojas bagged a brace to lead the Chilean side, who now sit at the top of the group with 4 points going into the final day of action. 

The other match in Group D finished as a 2-1 win for UAI Urquiza of Argentina against Independiente Medellín. Laura Montoya's tight angle finish from distance put the Colombian side on top within the first 10 minutes, but just as they did in their opening match with Santiago Morning, UAI would rally. With the halftime whistle looming, Mebi Molina's strike from distance slipped over the outstretched hands of the Medellín goalkeeper and into the back of the net, levelling the score. Argentine international Mariana Larroquette's free-kick then put UAI on top, a well-struck effort that flew into the top corner. Medellín had plenty of chances to equalize, but despite hitting the woodwork on multiple occasions, failed to pull back level, giving UAI the three points and setting things up for a grandstand finish in Group D. 

Already eliminated Majes will have the chance to play spoiler against UAI, who sit on 4 points, meaning a win would assure them of a quarterfinal berth. Santiago Morning and Independiente Medellín will meet in the other match, with both sides assured of a spot in the quarterfinals with a win. A draw would send Santiago Morning through, and leave Medellín depending on an upset result from Majes to stand any chance of advancing. Group D will wrap up on Saturday evening in Quito. 


Matchday 3


The second round of matches at the 2019 CONMEBOL Libertadores Femenina took place on Tuesday night, and graced us with another set of golazos and plenty more drama, including the first three sides sealing quarterfinal spots. 

The most dramatic match of the day was between Colo Colo and Peñarol, a 2-2 draw that was tense from the first whistle to the last. A tightly played first half finished 0-0, with a few chances for either side. With both sides knowing they'd be chasing defending champions Atlético Huila to try and get out of the group, the second half opened up and turned into a back-and-forth affair full of both goals and tension. Isadora Olave struck first for the Chileans to put them in front, but her goal was countered by one from Peñarol's María Viana with 69 minutes played. With the score at 1-1, Peñarol looked to have taken the three points when Viana struck again, this time with an effort from distance that deflected off the hands of the Colo Colo keeper and in. Drama would quickly follow, with a late penalty awarded to the Chileans. Fernanda Hidalgo was true from the spot to equalize at 2-2.

After a quick attempt to re-start led to tempers flaring for both sides, the ensuing chaos saw multiple red cards handed out. Playing 10-on-9 for the final minutes, Colo Colo failed to find a winner, leaving both sides on one point after two matches played, ensuring each will need to win on Friday to have any hope of going through. 

In the other match in Group A , defending champions Atlético Huila defeat Cerro Porteño 3-0, a result that when paired with the 2-2 draw between Colo Colo and Peñarol was enough to book the Colombians a spot in the Quarterfinals with a match to spare. Carolina Arbelaez scored right on halftime, slotting home from a well-placed cutback pass to put the Colombians in front. Huila added two more goals in the second half, both from Kena Romero, to seal the victory and further establish their status as one of the competition favorites.

Huila play Colo Colo on Friday to close out the group, while Peñarol and Cerro Porteño meet in a match that could go a long way to determining who advances from the group.

In Group B, Deportivo Cuenca made it two wins in as many matches thanks to a comprehensive 5-1 win against Bolivian side Mundo Futuro. Giannina Lattanzio scored within the first 10 minutes, and added another golazo to the tally of super strikes recorded so far this competition late on to extend the lead to 4-1.

Coupled with what proved to be an impressive showing on the first day of matches, Cuenca are throwing their hat into the ring as a side that should be considered to make a run in this competition, particularly given that they're playing on home soil.

Another competition favorite, Ferroviária of Brazil ran out 4-1 winners against Estudiantes Caracas, securing their spot, and the spot of Deportivo Cuenca, in the quarterfinals. Nathane, now on 7 goals through two games, opened the scoring with a particularly fine effort.

From there, it was relatively smooth sailing for the Brazilians, who doubled the lead with 10 minutes to play before a flurry of goals late secured the final scoreline. Ferroviária will face off with Cuena on Friday with the top spot in the group, and one would presume an easier quarterfinal matchup, on the line. 


Matchday 2


Matches originally schedueld for Saturday October 12th were suspended due to security reasons, and were instead played on Monday in Quito, with other changes to the fixtures for the competition announced as well.

A 2-2 draw between Santiago Morning and UAI Urquiza headlined the early matches. The Chileans looked to be on their way towards the three points after a pair of stunning first half strikes. First, Javiera Roa picked out the top corner from 35 yards out with just 6 minutes played.

Francisca Mardones did just about the same to double the lead on 35 minutes played. The Argentine champions failed to go away quietly however, striking back first with a looping header from Paula Ugarte to cut the deficit to one goal, then with Sofía Schell striking home a rebound to equalize. With nearly another half an hour yet to play, it looked as though the Argentines may yet go on to provide the winner, but a few chances fell wasted, including one that saw two Urquiza players in behind the Morning defense but failed to result in a shot. With another talented side in Independiente Medellín looming in Group D, the two points left on the table by each side could loom large. 

In the other early match, one of the favorites to lift the title in 2019, 2017 Champions Corinthians debuted with an impressive 3-1 victory against Club Ñañasof Ecuador. Timão jumped out to an early advantage, as both Millene and Grazi scored in the opening 15 minutes, the second an impressive bit of perseverence from the captain who smashed home from in tight following a rebound. Corinthians would add a third just on half an hour played as Juliete found the back of the net from the tight angle to cap off an impressive opening half an hour. Ñañas was able to find a consolation goal in second half stoppage time, but it was the Brazilians who stamped their authority on the competiton with the tenacious showing. 

It was victory for a pair of Colombian sides in the later matches, though each was made to work for it by opposition that were up for the fight. Independiente Medellín defeated Municipalidad Majes by a final tally of 5-0, but the scoreline failed to show the full story of the match. DIM initially struggled to break down the organized defense of Peruvian side, as despite numerous opportunities, the Majes defense held firm in the first 45 minutes. Finally, Tatiana Acevedo broke the barrier and scored for Independiente Medellín, and from there the floodgates opened, with DIM finding the back of the net 4 times in the following 12 minutes. Orianica Herrera and Laura Aguirre Montoya each scored in second half stoppage time to put the icing on the cake and seal the 6-0 win for the Colombians, but the Peruvians deserve credit for a game defensive effort. The win puts Medellín alone atop Group D, with UAI Urquiza awaiting next. Municipalidad Majes will square off with Santiago Morning on Matchday 4. 

América de Cali claimed the three points against Libertad Limpeño in Group C with a Catalina Usme free-kick the difference in a 1-0 win for the Colombians. Usme, a Colombian international with World Cup and Olympic experience, struck a wonderous free-kick on the half hour mark, finding the back of the net to record what proved to be the only tally of the evening in Quito. Matchday 4 will see América de Cali meet Corinthians with the top spot in Group C on the line, while Libertad-Limpeño will look to bounce back against the Ecuadorians Ñañas. 


Matchday 1


The opening day of competition at the 2019 CONMEBOL Libertadores was headlined by a come-from behind victory for the defending champions and a hot start for one of the host sides.

Defending champions Atlético Huila of Colombia fell behind against Peñarol in the 28th minute after the Uruguayans were able to strike from distance following a failed clearence. Huila however would rally, with Jessica Bangero and Ivone Chacon each scoring in quick succession before halftime to put Huila on top 2-1, with Bangero's goal in particular an impressive strike that rippled the back of the net from distance. That result would hold in the final 45, a victory for the title holders despite an impressive showing from the Uruguayan side. Huila's strength and athleticism should prove an asset as this competition goes on, something that was on display against a scrappy  Peñarol side on Friday night.

In the other opening match, Deportivo Cuenca of Ecuador were 3-1 winners over Venezuela's Estudiantes Caracas. A scoreless first half gave way to an impressive second half showing from the side playing on home soil, with Madelin Riera in particular impressing for Cuenca, scoring twice in the win for the Ecuadorians.

2015 Libertadores champions Ferroviária made quick work of Bolivian side Mundo Futuro finding the net four times in the first half en route to a 10-1 win to open up their competition. Ferroviária's Nathane staked herself an early lead in the golden boot race, picking up a poker plus one for five goals total as her side collected the three points. Estudiantes Caracas of Venezuela await on Monday for Ferroviária, while Mundo Futuro will seek to bounce back against Deportivo Cuenca.

The night's final match proved the most drama filled with Cerro Porteñorallying for a tense 3-2 win over Colo Colo. Cerro Porteño struck first, but the Chileans soon hit back for two goals to take a 2-1 lead. With a momentary power outage at the stadium only adding to the drama of proceedings, Cerro struck again before halftime to equalize 2-2. A red card proved costly for the Chileans, as playing a man up, Cerro Porteño were able to capitalize, as it was Marta María Agüero who found the back of the net to put Cerro Porteño on top 3-2 a result that would hold despite a tense and physical finale. A late free-kick provided one final chance for Colo Colo, but the offside flag denied the Chileans a chance to equalize. Colo Colo will face Peñarol on Monday in a match that sees both sides needing points, while Cerro Porteño and Atlético Huila will battle it out for the top spot in Group A after two matches played. 


Participating Teams


Argentina: UAI Urquiza
 
Bolivia: Mundo Futuro
 
Brasil: Corinthians & Ferroviária
 
Chile: Colo Colo & Santiago Morning
 
Colombia: Huila (defending champion), Independiente Medellín & América de Cali
 
Ecuador: Deportivo Cuenca & Ñañas
 
Paraguay: Cerro Porteño & Libertad Limpeño
 
Perú:
 Municipalidad Majes
 
Uruguay: Peñarol  

Venezuela: Estudiantes de Caracas   


Group Stage Draw & Fixtures


Group A:Atlético Huila (COL), Peñarol (URU), Cerro Porteño (PAR), Colo Colo (CHI)

Group B:Deportivo Cuenca (ECU), Estudiantes Caracas (VEN), Ferroviária (BRA), Mundo Futuro (BOL)

Group C:Corinthians (BRA), América de Cali (COL), Libertad Limpeño (PAR), Ñañas (ECU)

Group D:Santiago Morning (CHI), UAI Urquiza (ARG), Independiente Medellín (COL), Municipalidad Majes (PER) 

 

Group Stage: Matchday 1: October 11th & 14th (17:00 & 19:30)

Matchday 2: October 15th & 17th (17:00 & 19:30)

Matchday 3: October 18th & 19th (17:00 & 19:30)

Quarterfinals: October 21st & 22nd

Semifinals: October 24th & 25th

Final: October 28th

*All times local to Quito (GMT-5)


Past Champions


 

2009 Santos (BRA)

2010 Santos (BRA)

2011 São José (BRA)

2012 Colo Colo (CHI)

2013São José (BRA)

2014 São José (BRA)

2015 Ferroviaria (BRA)

2016 Sportivo Limpeño (PAR)

2017 Audax/Corinthians (BRA)

2018 Atlético Huila (COL)

 

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