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Union-Independiente clash a study in Copa Sudamericana contrasts

Independiente del Valle of Ecuador has emerged as a club that produces top talent.

Second string cup competitions are an easy target. It is a comfortable position, for example, to sneer at the Thursday night football of the Europa League -- and if that applies to a tournament containing the likes of Benfica and Napoli, Arsenal and Chelsea, it is all the more true on the other side of the Atlantic. 

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Argentine side to use Viagra to combat altitude in Quito

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Union de Santa Fe players will use Viagra for their Copa Sudamericana match against Independiente del Valle in Ecuador.

Argentine side Union de Santa Fe will use Viagra to combat altitude when they face Independiente del Valle in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito on Wednesday.

The match will take place at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa, which lies 2,850 metres above sea level.

Altitude has had an adverse effect on several teams in recent times -- with Argentina losing 6-1 away to Bolivia in a 2010 World Cup qualifier. But Union have prepared ahead, and will use the drug "Sildenafil" -- more commonly known as Viagra.


Osvaldo scores in Boca Juniors debut; Morelo hat trick fuels Santa Fe

Southampton loanee Dani Osvaldo scored the winner in his Boca debut on Thursday night.

Argentinian giants Boca Juniors made it two wins from as many games in Group 5 of the Copa Libertadores after edging to a 2-1 victory over Montevideo Wanderers.

Boca began their group campaign with victory over Palestino and took the lead just after the half hour against their Uruguayan visitors when Juan Komar, who replaced Guillermo Burdisso in the 16th minute, headed home from Nicolas Lodeiro's free-kick.

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Diogo Riolfo levelled matters almost immediately afterwards but on-loan Southampton striker...