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. 


Final


Brazilian side Corinthians claimed the 2019 Libertadores Femenina title on Monday night in Quito, defeating Ferroviária 2-0. The title was the second for Corinthians, who also won the tournament in 2017. 

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Corinthians and Ferroviária established themselves as the best sides throughout the competiton, and their combined quality was on display on Monday night. Both sides created opportunities during a scoreless first half, with the passing combinations of the Corinthians midfield looking particularly dangerous. Ferroviária's quality on the ball also stood out during the opening 45 minutes, with the defense and goalkeeper combining to pass around the Corinthians pressure on numerous occasions. 

The tide began to shift in the second half however, with Corinthains steadily building more and more pressure in the Ferroviária half. Initially, Timão failed to capitalize on chances, but finally with 73 minutes played yet another brilliant passing move unlocked the Ferroviária defense. Giovanna Crivelari touched home to give Corinthians the lead, but it was the pass of Tamires that deserved all the plaudits. 

With Ferroviária duly unlocked, Corinthians added one more to seal the title, a fantastic tight angle finish from Juliete that sent the sideline into celebration. It was a worthy performance from a worthy champion. This Corinthians side recently set a world record for consecutive wins, and they looked every bit the South American champion throughout the Libertadores. Timão were tested just once, rallying from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Libertad-Limpeño in the final group stage match. They did not concede in the knockout round, outscoring their opposition 8-0 when it mattered most. There were impressive performances up and down the the squad, from Tamires and Millene to Juliete and Crivelari. 

A trio of Corinthians players, goalkeeper Letícia and defenders Érika and Tamires, were called into the Brazilian national team for an upcoming friendly tournament in China. They'll be joined by Ferroviária's Aline Milene, another standout performer from the tournament. 

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In Monday's third place match, América de Cali defeated Cerro Porteño 3-1 to claim the final spot on the Libertadores Femenina podium. 


Semifinals


Ferroviária secured the first spot in the 2019 Libertadores Femenina Final on Thursday night with a 2-1 victory against Cerro Porteño in Quito. The Brazilians drew first blood on the night after just 12 minutes played. With the Cerro Poretño goalkeeper off her line and the net empty, Nathane finished with poise to collect yet another goal in what has been an impressive showing this Libertadores. Cerro Porteño were back in the match however after the Ferroviária goalkeeper gave away a penalty on the half an hour mark, which was subsequently converted by Limpia Fretes. 

The 1-1 scoreline held until the second half, but with an hour played another one of Ferroviária's talented attacking players made a difference. This time it was Aline, who earned a Brazil recall on Friday, striking from distance to restore the one goal lead for the Brazilian side. Cerro Porteño pushed for another equalizer but found themselves short on time, and forced to accept an understandably emotional defeat. 

Ferroviária will face fellow Brazilian side Corinthians in Monday's final after a resounding 4-0 win for Timão against América de Cali on Friday evening. It was always going to be an uphill task for América de Cali after their goalkeeper was sent off for handling outside the box during the first half. Corinthians then opened the scoring in first half stoppage time as Millene turned past a defender and roofed her shot into the top of the net. América de Cali pushed to equalize in the second half, but doing so left them open on the counter-attack and Corinthians took advantage. Millene struck again with 15 minutes to play, controling well to dribble past the América keeper and fire into a net defended only by central defenders to give Corinthians a 2-0 lead. Erika and Grazi each scored down the stretch for Timão to seal the 4-0 scoreline. 

That sets up a fascinating final between a pair of Brazilian sides who have been at the top of their game all tournament long. Both sides have lifted the title before, Corinthians in 2017, Ferroviária in 2015, and will be looking to add to their collection with a second Libertadores Femenina title. The match will kick off at 19:30 local time, and can be streamed via the CONMEBOL Libertadores YouTube Page.


Quarterfinals


Two dramatic matches featuring 11 combined goals and a penalty shootout opened up the 2019 Libertadores Femenina quarterfinals on Monday night in Quito. 

The night's first match was a dramatic back and forth affair between defending champions Atlético Huila and Ferroviária. On a rainy evening in the Ecuadorian capital, Kena Romero opened the scoring for Huila after pouncing on a defensive misplay to fire off the post and in. Maglia equalized for Ferroviária on half an hour played as she was left unmarked at the back post for an easy header. Nathane, the current leader in the race for the golden boot, finished calmly after a great knock-down from a teammate to give Ferroviária the lead early in the second half.

Ferroviária's lead lasted just 10 minutes, with Huila's Kena Romero scoring her second of the night, a truly brilliant individual effort that saw her finish past the keeper while falling down after beating her defender one-on-one. Aerial play though once again proved an issue for Huila when Maglia scored her second header of the night, finishing off a well-worked corner kick routine to put Ferroviária on top 3-2. Despite a desperate charge from the Colombian side late on, Ferroviária held on to win 3-2, ensuring that there won't be a back-to-back champion in 2019. 

The nightcap of the evening was an even more dramatic affair, with penalties eventually proving the difference for Cerro Porteño against Deportivo Cuenca. Goals flew in early, and often, for Deportivo Cuenca's Madelin Riera. Her first, on 12 minutes played, was a looping effort that smashed off the post and in, and her second, 12 minutes thereafter, was a free header that easily beat the Cerro Porteño keeper to double the Deportivo Cuenca lead.

However just seven minutes after that, Limpia Fretes got the Paraguayan side on the board, muscling her way past a defender to strike home to cut the lead to 2-1. Marta Aguero then equalized for Cerro Porteño, striking a dead ball from just inside the halfway line that clattered off the hands of the Cuenca goalkeeper and into the back of the net. 

In the second half, it was yet another goal for Riera, this time following a deft chest-down of a sliced clearance. Riera's effort went bar down to beat the Cerro Porteño goalkeeper, just slipping over the line to give the Ecuadorians a 3-2 lead. Deportivo Cuenca were reduced to 10 following a second yellow card, and with less than 10 minutes to play, Dahiana Bogarin fired a rocket from distance that found the back of the net to equalize 3-3 for Cerro Porteño.

In penalties, the advantage ebbed back and forth, with each side converting three and missing two of their first five spot kicks. Cuenca's sixth effort missed the target, and up stepped the Cerro Porteño goalkeeper López to finesse her effort into the back of the net and send Cerro Porteño into the semifinals where they'll face Ferroviária on Thursday.  

Tuesday night in Quito featured the final two quarterfinal matches, rounding out the semifinals of the 2019 Libertadores Femenina. 

First up, Corinthians were fairly comfortable winners against Santiago Morning, winning 2-0. Giovanna Crivelari opened the scoring for Timão, stretching to poke home a cross on the half hour mark. Corinthians subsequently doubled the lead in the opening minutes of the second half. A great team passing move opened up the Santiago Morning midfield, and it was Juliete who finished to provide what proved to be the final scoreline of 2-0.

The night's second match featured América de Cali and UAI Urquiza fighting it out for the final Libertadores Femenina semifinal spot. In a driving rainstorm, the first half played out 0-0, and the second half appeared as though it might head that way too until América's Gisela Robledo beat the UAI defenders to a through ball to open up a space to fire and beat the keeper. From there, the goals began to pour in over the final half an hour. Four minutes later, Farlyn Caicedo doubled the lead, tapping in after the UAI goalkeeper struggled handling the wet ball. Catalina Usme then capped off a stretch of three goals in nine minutes for the Colombians, hesitating to leave a defender behind before slotting home cooly with her left foot. 

At 3-0 up, it looked as though the Colombians would coast into the semifinal, but UAI rallied well. Argentine international Mariana Larroquete scored a penalty to cut the deficit to 3-1, and then Rocío Bueno won a game of head tennis in the box in the 87th minute to pull the Argentines within a goal of forcing penalties. UAI would have one more chance, a curling effort well-saved and an ensuing corner scramble that came to nothing, but it was América de Cali who advanced, 3-2.

Friday's semifinal will be a re-match of Group C action with América de Cali facing a Corinthians side that prevailed 3-1 when the two met in the group stage.


Matchday 6


Heading into the final night of the Group Stage of the Libertadores Femenina on Saturday night, everything was to play for in Group C, with two quarterfinal berths awaiting the two best sides from the group. América de Cali needed just a win against Club Ñañas to secure the top spot in the group, and the Colombians did just that, running out 6-1 victors against the Ecuadorians. Gisela Robledo scored just 4 minutes into the match for América de Cali, and despite Kerlly Corozo equalizing early in the second half for Ñañas, América would hit out for five goals in the final 22 minutes, locking down the top spot in the group. 

In the other match, Corinthians secured a dramatic 2-2 draw with Libertad-Limpeño, a result that secured a semifinal berth for the Brazilians. It looked as though it would be the Paraguayans making their way to the quarterfinals, with Liz Peña scoring in the first half and Griselda López doubling the advantage right on half time. But facing elimination, Timão rallied. Victoria Albuquerque scored on the hour mark, and Katiuscia equalized on 73 minutes played heading home after an initial save spilled into a rebound chance, securing the point, and a quarterfinal spot, for Corinthians. 

The final quarterfinal spots came from dramatic action in Group D. UAI Urquiza made quick work of already eliminated Majes to claim one of the two quarterfinal spots, with Mariana Larroquette bagging a first half brace on her way to a four goal performance in a 6-0 win. 

Santiago Morning secured the final spot in the quarterfinals thanks to a tough 1-1 draw with Independiente Medellín. Roselord Borgella converted a penalty for the Chileans, and despite a well-taken free-kick by Medellín's Diana Ospina quickly thereafter, the Chileans were able to secure the result, which was enough to lock down a spot in the Libertadores Femenina final 8. 

On Tuesday in the quarterfinals, Corinthians square off with Santiago Morning, while UAI Urquiza face América de Cali.


Matchday 5


Friday night at the Libertadores Femenina saw the conclusion of action in Groups A and B, and the final quarterfinal spot being sealed from those two groups. 

In Group A, Atlético Huila sealed the top spot in the group, coming from 1-0 down to defeat Colo Colo 3-1, while in the other match, Cerro Porteño left it late before securing a 1-0 win against Peñarol, a result that sent the Paraguayans into the quarterfinals as the second representative from Group A. 

Later Friday night in Group B, Deportivo Cuenca defeated Ferroviária 2-1, giving the Ecuadorians the top spot in the group. With both teams having already secured quarterfinal spots ahead of the match, it was a battle for the top spot in the group. Needing to win to take first place, Cuenca did just that, with Madelin Riera scoring late to counter a late equalizer from Aline Milene to put the side from the host country at the top of the group.

In the other match, Estudiantes Caracas scored twice in the first half to defeat Mundo Futuro 2-0. 

On Monday in the quarterfinals, Group A winner Atlético Huila will square off with Ferroviária, while the top side in Group B, Deportivo Cuenca face off against Cerro Porteño. The winners of those two matches will meet in the semifinals on Thursday. 


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 Ñañas of 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 Porteño rallying 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)

2013 São 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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