Friday, 25 February 2011

Copa Libertadores Group Stage - matchday 2

Group 1

Once Caldas 1-1 Libertad
Universidad San Martin 2-0 San Luis

Colombia's Once Caldas collected their first point of the campaign but will be kicking themselves for not getting all three at home to Libertad of Paraguay. Once Caldas took the lead on the half hour Dayro Moreno put them ahead. It looked like Once Caldas would collect all three points but they were denied when Victor Ayala levelled as the game went into injury time. Universidad San Martin of Peru top Group 1 after retaining the only 100% record after victory over San Luis of Mexico. Both goals came very late in the game, after 84 scoreless minutes Gianfranco Labarthe put the Peruvians ahead before Carlos Marinelli wrapped things up in injury time after San Luis went for broke.

Group 2

León de Huánuco 1-0 Oriente Petrolero
Junior 2-1 Grêmio

Peru's León de Huánuco kickstarted their campaign when they picked up their first victory of the campaign against Oriento Petrolero of Bolivia at the Estadio Heraclio Tapia. One goal was enough for León de Huánuco to get the win and it came from Carlos Zegarra with 34 minutes on the clock. Oriente Petrolero finished with ten men when Luis Gutiérrez was sent off in second half injury time. After their great start last week Grêmio of Brazil came crashing back to earth when they were defeated by Junior of Colombia. The Porto Alegre side got the perfect start though when they took the lead through Borges with just five minutes on the clock. Giovanni Hernández levelled for the home side with half an hour gone and John Viáfara won it for the Colombians with a quarter of an hour left to put them top of the group with a 100% record

Group 3

Fluminense 0-0 Nacional
Argentinos Juniors 3-1 América

Frustration for the Tricolor fans at the Engenhão and the Premier Sports TV viewers as Brazilian champions Fluminense were held to a goalless draw by Nacional of Uruguay. A result, even at this early stage of the competition leaves both teams with a huge ask to get out of the group. The night after, Argentinos Juniors went top of the group after a come from behind vistory over América of Mexico. The Mexicans took the lead through Daniel Montenegro with 27 mintues gone. Argentinos Juniors levelled right on the stroke of half time when Santiago Salcedo levelled from the spot and his second with seventeen minutes left put the home side ahead. The points were assured when Cristian Sánchez Prette added a third in injury time.

Group 6

Emelec 1-0 Jorge Wilstermann
Internacional 4-0 Jaguares

Emelec of Ecuador got their first win of the season when they needed a single goal to overcome Jorge Wilstermann of Bolivia in Guayaquil. That goal came ten minutes before the break from Eduardo Morente to leave the Bolivian side looking for their first goal and first point of the competition. Holders Internacional of Brazil went top of Group 6 after brushing aside the challenge of Mexican side Jaguares. Argentinian striker Mario Bolatti put Inter ahead with twenty minutes gone and his second a minute before the break doubled the lead. Leandro Damião made the points safe twenty minutes into the second half before Oscar put the icing on the cake in injury time.

Group 7

Cruzeiro 4-0 Guaraní
Estudiantes 1-0 Deportes Tolima

After smashing Estudiantes 5-0 in Sete Lagoas last week, Cruzeiro of Brazil made it two from two and NINE goals in their two games when they defeated Guaraní of Paraguay 4-0. Wallyson put Cruzeiro ahead on the half hour and he got his fourth of the competition so far when doubling the lead just after the hour. Two goals in the last four minutes gave the scoreline a more impressive look, Ernesto Farias made it three before Thiago Ribeiro wrapped things up in the last minute. After that thrashing last week in Sete Lagoas, Estudiantes got back on the horse when they picked up their first win of the campaign against Deportes Tolima of Colombia. Pablo Barrientos with the goal on the stroke of half time to give the 2009 champions a hope of making the last 16.

Group 8

Independiente 3-0 Peñarol

2010 Copa Sudamericana Champions Independiente of Argentina got their campaign off to a winning start when they Peñarol of Uruguay. All the goals came in the second half, Facundo Parra got the first two minutes into the half with Cristian Pellerano doubling the lead twenty minutes from time. Independiente got the result their dominance deserved when Andres Silvera got a third five minutes from time.

Plenty of games again next week as the Group Stage begins to take shape

Godoy Cruz v Peñarol
Deportivo Táchira v Colo Colo
Santos v Cerro Porteño LIVE on Premier Sports TV Wednesday 22:25
Nacional v Argentinos Juniors
Deportes Tolima v Cruzeiro
América v Fluminense
San Luis v Once Caldas
Vélez Sarsfield v Universidad Católica
Grêmio v León de Huánuco
LDU Quito v Independiente

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