FLUMINESE- LDU QUITO
Both are looking for a place in history, hosts as first time winners, LDU as the first ever side from Ecudor to be crowned champions. LDU hold a 4-2 lead from the first leg and could have put this tie to bed already, they led 4-1 and could have scored any number of goals in the second half, with Flu keeper Fernando Henrique, producing a MOTM performance. By the way, away goals do not count here, so any two goal win for the hosts, will take the match into extra time and then penalties.
Fluminese need to score two goals at least and will name a very attack minded side, they will be cheered on by 100,000 fans in the famous Maracana stadium. LDU will have some vital experience of what to expect, having played here in the group stage, losing 1-0. Hosts are free scoring at home, with 16 goals in six CL ties, but might not have things their own way this evening.
They will have to push forward and Quito seem ideally suited to playing on the break, they have two lightening quick wide men in Joffre Guerron and Luis Bolanos and have scored in the away leg of all matches at the knockout stage. I feel that they will score again tonight and defensively, they are the stronger of the two sides, this is going to be tough for the home team, unless they get an early strike. Ecuadorian football is on the up and can get a massive boost with a positive result for Quito.
LIKELY LINE UPS ....
Fluminense : Fernando Henrique, Luiz Alberto, Gabriel, Thiago Silva, Junior Cesar, Ygor, Arouca, Thiago Neves, Dario Conca, Cicero and Washington. Coach: Renato Gaucho.
Liga de Quito: Jose Cevallos, Jairo Campos, Norberto Araujo, Diego Armando Calderon, Joffre Guerron, Enrique Vera, Patricio Urrutia, Paul Ambrossi, Luis Bolanos, Damian Manso and Claudio Bieler. Coach: Edgardo Bauza.
6 points Quito +1.25 ball asian line 2.0......... now 1.82