Copa Libertadores: Santa Fe 2 Real Garcilaso 0 (agg 5-1)
By Football News
Colombia's Santa Fe have become the first club to advance to the semi-finals of the 2013 Copa Libertadores with a 2-0 win over Real Garcilaso.
Santa Fe already held a 3-1 lead from their quarter-final first leg when they welcomed Peru's Garcilaso to the Colombian capital of Bogota on Tuesday before goals from Jefferson Cuero and Jhon Valencia wrapped up a 5-1 aggregate victory.
After Valencia put the home side four goals ahead with 25 minutes remaining, Garcilaso's night went from bad to worse when Ivan Santillan was shown a straight red card.
Garcilaso started the quarter-final second leg in Bogota knowing their chances of a comeback would be significantly improved if they managed to score first but it did not take long for Santa Fe to ruin that plan.
Cuero's thumping strike from outside the penalty area left Garcilaso goalkeeper Diego Carranza with no chance and Santa Fe led 1-0 after just six minutes.
Garcilaso held on for almost an hour before Santa Fe added their second goal through Valencia and in the 68th minute Santillan was sent off for a brutal tackle.
As the referee blew the final whistle, the home crowd celebrated wildly as Santa Fe became the first Colombian club to reach the final four of the Copa Libertadores since Cucuta Deportivo in 2007.