The Ecuadorian teams had a mixed bag in the first leg ties of last weeks Copa Sudamericana but with a little luck they could all progress.
Liga de Loja had the toughest task against Brazilian giants Gremio and although they secured a credible home draw they will have their work cut out in Porto Alegre. Especially after losing the away goal. Yimmy Bermudez took the lead for Loja in the first half before a Larrea own goal restored parity 7 minutes later.
Emelec secured a fine 2-2 away draw in Chile against current Sudamericana holders Universidad de Chile and should be confident of progress for the return and although Barcelona lost to Sao Paulo they should also overcome the Brazilians in Guayaquil.
The most impressive result was Deportivo Quito’s against Tigre of Argentina. The negro azules have been truly awful domestically and until recently relegation was a realistic threat. Both teams eventually finished the game with 10 men but importantly Quito got tow goals through Lorca in 53 minutes and Vila in the 86th.
Deportivo Quito 2 – 0 Tigre
Liga de Loja 1 – 1 Sao Paulo
Barcelona 0 – 1 Gremio
Universidad de Chile 2 – 2 Emelec