2010 Recopa Sudamericana

The 2010 Recopa Sudamericana de Clubes was a two-legged tie that determined the winner of the Recopa Sudamericana, an annual football match between the winners of the previous season's Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana competitions. It was contested between Argentine club Estudiantes de La Plata and LDU Quito from Ecuador. The first leg was played on August 25 in Quito, while the second leg was played in Quilmes due to Estadio Ciudad de La Plata was undergoing renovations. Estudiantes participated in t the Recopa for their first time ever, having qualified by winning the 2009 Copa Libertadores.

2010 Recopa Sudamericana
EventRecopa Sudamericana
LDU Quito won 4–1 on points
First leg
DateAugust 25, 2010
VenueEstadio Casa Blanca, Quito
RefereeRoberto Silvera (Uruguay)
Attendance30,000
Second leg
DateSeptember 8, 2010
VenueEstadio Centenario, Quilmes
RefereeCarlos Simon (Brazil)
Attendance24,000
2009
2011

On the other hand, LDU Quito was the defending champion and making their second consecutive appearance having won the 2009 Copa Sudamericana. LDU Quito successfully defended their title after winning the first leg 2–1 and drawing the second leg 0–0. They became the third team to win back-to-back Recopa Sudamericanas.[1][2]

As a curious fact, in June 2020 Estudiantes de La Plata filled a claim with Conmebol, requesting to be crowned champion of the 2010 edition. In the complaint, Estudiantes alleged that LDU player Gonzalo Chila should have not been registered to play the final, as he had falsified his identity document.[3][4] Nevertheless, Conmebol did not take the claim into account and LDU was confirmed as champion.[5]

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Previous finals app.
  LDU Quito 2009
  Estudiantes (LP) None

Bold indicates winning years

RulesEdit

The Recopa Sudamericana was played over two legs; home and away. The team that qualified via the Copa Libertadores plays the second leg at home. The team that accumulates the most points —three for a win, one for a draw, zero for a loss— after the two legs is crowned the champion. The away-goals rule is not used. Should the two teams be tied on points after regulation of the second leg, the team with the best goal difference wins. If the two teams have equal goal difference, extra time is used. The extra time consists of two 15-minute halves. If the tie is still not broken, a penalty shoot-out ensues according to the Laws of the Game.[6]

BackgroundEdit

Estudiantes qualified to the Recopa Sudamericana by winning the 2009 Copa Libertadores. It was their fourth Copa Libertadores title and first in 39 years, which they achieved by defeating Brazilian club Cruzeiro 4–1 on points. Liga de Quito are the reigning title holders of the competition, having won the 2009 edition of this competition after beating Internacional on both legs of the Recopa, their first title of the competition. The club earned the right to defend the trophy after winning the 2009 Copa Sudamericana, beating Fluminense in a rematch of the 2008 Copa Libertadores Finals (which LDU Quito also won). The victory was the club's first ever title in the competition and third international title ever (as well as their nation's).

Prior to the 2010 Recopa, Estudiantes and LDU Quito had previously met two times in South American competition. The first meeting between the two sides took place in the Round of 16 of the 2008 Copa Libertadores; LDU Quito won the first match 2–0 at the Estadio Casa Blanca in Quito, and lost 2–1 at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata. Luis Bolaños's 25th-minute goal in the second match gave LDU Quito a favorable goal difference, which eliminated Estudiantes. LDU Quito subsequently went on to win the competition. Estudiantes are entering the Recopa for their first time ever. They are the seventh Argentine club to dispute this title; the first to do so was Racing in 1989. This will be LDU Quito's second consecutive appearance (as well as their second all-time appearance) of the Recopa Sudamericana. They are the only side from Ecuador to participate in the Recopa Sudamericana.

VenuesEdit

Estadio Casa Blanca (left) and Centenario of Quilmes, venues of the finals

The venues for this final series were Estadio Casa Blanca, located in Quito, and Estadio Centenario Dr. José Luis Meiszner in Quilmes. The Estadio Casa Blanca was built between 1995 and 1997, and it hosted its first match on March 6, 1997, in a game between LDU Quito and Atlético Mineiro of Belo Horizonte. Prior to this match, the stadium had hosted a final series match for the Copa Libertadores in 2008, the Recopa Sudamericana in 2009 as well as the 2009 final of the Copa Sudamericana. With a capacity of 55,400, it was the largest stadium in Quito, and the second largest in Ecuador after the Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha in Guayaquil.

On the other hand, Estadio Centenario Dr. José Luis Meiszner hosted the second leg. Ñocated in the Quilmes district and property of Quilmes Atlético Club, it was built in 1995 to commemorate the club's centenary in 1997 (which is also why the stadium bears the name "Centenario"). It underwent a renovation in 1998 to increase its capacity. With the 2010 Recopa final, Estadio Centenario hosted an international final series match for the first time.

OfficialsEdit

The referees for the 2010 Recopa Sudamericana were Roberto Silvera of Uruguay and Carlos Simon of Brazil. Silvera had been a referee since 2003 and had officiated several CONMEBOL club competitions including a final series match of the 2006 and 2009 Copa Sudamericana.

Simon became a referee in Brazil in 1993 and for the FIFA in 1997. He participated in the 2000 Olympic Games, the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Tournaments, the 2002, 2006, and 2010 FIFA World Cup and every Copa Libertadores competition since 2000. He also officiated the finals of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A four times (1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002), the Copa do Brasil three times (2000, 2003 and 2004).

Match detailsEdit

First legEdit

First leg
LDU Quito  2–1  Estudiantes LP
Barcos   8'17' Report Rojo   12'
Attendance: 30,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
LDU Quito
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Estudiantes LP
GK 22   Alexander Domínguez
DF 05   Paúl Ambrosi   81'
DF 06   Jorge Guagua   81'
DF 13   Néicer Reasco (c)
DF 02   Norberto Araujo
MF 14   Diego Calderón
MF 10   Christian Lara   56'   85'
MF 08   Patricio Urrutia
MF 15   William Araujo
FW 19   Juan Manuel Salgueiro   30'   65'
FW 16   Hernán Barcos
Substitutes:
GK 01   José Francisco Cevallos
DF 23   Carlos Espínola
MF 17   Enrique Gámez
MF 12   Gabriel Espinosa
MF 07   Miller Bolaños   65'
MF 21   Gonzalo Chila   81'
FW 20   Carlos Luna   85'
Manager:
  Edgardo Bauza
GK 12   César Taborda
DF 03   Facundo Roncaglia
DF 16   Germán Ré   76'
DF 14   Gabriel Mercado
DF 17   Federico Fernández
DF 06   Marcos Rojo
MF 11   Juan Sebastián Verón (c)
MF 22   Rodrigo Braña   38'
MF 23   Leandro Benítez   32'   82'
MF 07   Enzo Pérez
FW 20   Leandro González   66'
Substitutes:
GK 25   Agustín Silva
DF 04   Raúl Iberbia
MF 05   Matías Sánchez   82'   90'
MF 13   Michael Hoyos   90'
MF 19   Gabriel Peñalba
MF 08   Juan Pablo Pereyra
FW 21   Diego Auzqui   66'
Manager:
  Alejandro Sabella

Assistant referees:
  Carlos Pastorino
  Miguel Ángel Nievas
Fourth official:
  Líber Prudente


Second legEdit

Second leg
Estudiantes LP  0–0  LDU Quito
Report
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Carlos Simon (Brazil)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Estudiantes LP
 
 
 
 
 
 
LDU Quito
GK 12   César Taborda
DF 16   Germán Ré   84'
DF 14   Gabriel Mercado
DF 17   Federico Fernández
DF 06   Marcos Rojo   20'
MF 11   Juan Sebastián Verón (c)
MF 22   Rodrigo Braña
MF 23   Leandro Benítez   70'
MF 07   Enzo Pérez
FW 20   Leandro González
FW 10   Gastón Fernández   46'
Substitutes:
GK 01   Gerónimo Rulli
DF 03   Facundo Roncaglia
MF 08   Juan Pablo Pereyra   70'
MF 19   Gabriel Peñalba   84'
MF 15   Darío Stefanatto
MF 18   Maximiliano Núñez
FW 21   Diego Auzqui   46'
Manager:
  Alejandro Sabella
GK 01   José Francisco Cevallos   63'
DF 05   Paúl Ambrosi   90'
DF 06   Jorge Guagua
DF 04   Ulises de la Cruz
DF 13   Néicer Reasco (c)
DF 02   Norberto Araujo
MF 14   Diego Calderón   24'
MF 08   Patricio Urrutia
MF 15   William Araujo   10'   90+2'
FW 16   Hernán Barcos
FW 20   Carlos Luna   72'
Substitutes:
GK 25   Manuel Mendoza
DF 03   Renán Calle
MF 10   Christian Lara   72'   90+5'
MF 12   Gabriel Espinosa   90+2'
MF 17   Enrique Gámez
MF 21   Gonzalo Chila
FW 19   Juan Manuel Salgueiro   90+5'
Manager:
  Edgardo Bauza

Man of the Match:
  Norberto Araujo (LDU Quito)
Assistant referees:
  Altermir Hausmann
  Roberto Braatz
Fourth official:
  Paulo Oliveira

ReferencesEdit