Copa Libertadores: Dede on target as Vasco da Gama survive early Alianza Lima scare

The sought after centre-back got on the score sheet as the Rio de Janeiro side missed two penalties on their way to overcoming the Peruvian opposition
Universidad de Chile
Penarol continued a disappointing start to their campaign as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Universidad de Chile. The Uruguayans did well to disrupt La U’s game by pressing heavily on Charles Aranguiz and Marcelo Diaz in midfield and attacking on the break, but it was not enough to take all three points.

After a fairly even start it was the hosts who took the lead. Nicolas Freitas caught a poorly cleared throw in sweetly, lashing in a terrific half-volley from the top of the box on 22 minutes. La U equalised 13 minutes later in equally emphatic fashion. Junior Fernandes showed impeccable technique as he volleyed into the back of net to score his fourth goal of the competition.

With the introduction of Gustavo Lorenzetti at the break, the Chileans were in the ascendancy. However, they became vulnerable to the counterattack and Jhonny Herrera had to save from Fabian Estoyanoff and Marcelo Zalayeta in quick succession before the hour mark. Matias Rodriguez almost won the game late on but saw his left-footed effort saved by Fabian Carini.

The Azul occupy second position in Group 8 but could be displaced should Godoy Cruz defeat Atletico Nacional later this week. Penarol meanwhile stay rooted to the bottom with a single point from their three games.

Vasco da Gama
Alianza Lima
Vasco da Gama had to come from behind to avoid a humiliating defeat to Alianza Lima at Sao Januario. The Copa do Brasil champions were on top for the majority of the game but struggle to finish off the 10-men Peruvians.

The Blanquiazuels took a surprise lead when Rodolfo misjudged the flight of a long ball, allowing Sebastian Charquero to run in behind and slot past Fernando Prass after 17 minutes. Vasco pulled level just two minutes later when Christian Ramos turned Barbio's cross into his own net.

Soon after the restart Giancarlo Carmona was harshly dismissed after the impressive Barbio's shot ricocheted onto the defenders arm in the area, but Alecsandro smashed the subsequent penalty against the bar. Dede put Vasco ahead for the first time with a well placed header on the hour mark and nine minutes later Alecsandro saw his second penalty of the night saved by Salomon Libman. The striker had also seen two goals ruled out for offside.

When the Alvinegro were awarded their third penalty with just under 10 minutes remaining Juninho Pernambucano took on the responsibility and squeezed the spot-kick under Libman and into the net. The Peruvians grabbed a late consolation goal through Walter Ibanez but remain bottom of Group 5 while Vasco rise to second position.

Union Espanola
Universidad Catolica
The spoils were shared in the nights all-Chilean tie amid much controversy as both sides remain unbeaten in their first three games of the competition.

Los Diablos Rojos pressed from the off and Emanuel Herrera rattled the post with a sublime volley inside of five minutes. After the frenetic start the Catolica became more of a threat and they scored the opening goal when Michael Rios’ free kick was glanced into the goal off the head of Enzo Andia.

The hosts were awarded the chance to level the game moments before half time. Cristopher Toselli clattered into Jorge Ampuero and the referee awarded a penalty. Herrera’s initial effort was saved but the referee ordered a retake as Marko Biskupovic encroached. Herrera saw his second attempt saved again but managed to slot in the rebound.

The second half saw a role reversal as Catolica dominated at start but allowed the hosts back into the game later on, though neither team could find the winning goal. In the dying moments Biskupovic saw his header tipped over by Eduardo Lobos and then Francisco Silva was sent off, shortly followed by Rodrigo Valenzuela.

Union Espanola remain top of Group 3 with seven points from three games. They hold a four-point advantage over Catolica who occupy second position having drawn all three of their games so far.