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Friday, June 1, 2007
Colombian upstarts Cucuta beat Boca Juniors 3-1

CUCUTA, May 31 (Reuters) - Unfancied Colombian side Cucuta rallied from a goal down to beat Argentina's Boca Juniors 3-1 in the first leg of their Libertadores Cup semi-final on Thursday.

Panamanian striker Blas Perez tormented the Boca defence throughout and scored two spectacular goals, while the Argentinian side's playmaker Roman Riquelme was unable to impose himself in midfield.

The 45,000 capacity General Santander stadium was packed hours before kick-off as fans flocked to see the Colombian champions try to reach the Libertadores Cup final at their first attempt.

But they were stunned after 27 minutes when Pablo Ledesma steered a Rodrigo Palacio cross into the net to put Boca 1-0 up.

Perez had several chances to score before drilling the equaliser home after wrong-footing Boca defender Daniel Dias.

He then gave Cucuta a second-half lead, racing onto a defence-splitting pass by MacNelly Torres and chipping the ball over advancing substitute goalkeeper Aldo Bobadilla, before Ruben Bustos rounded out the scoring in the 64th minute with a dipping free kick.

Gremio beat Santos 2-0 in the first leg of the all-Brazilian other semi-final on Wednesday.

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