La O secured victory over El Granate in Asuncion with a late goal as two second-half goals for Los Rojiblancos rescued a valuable first point for the Colombians against Catolica
|Lanus are still without a win in this year's Copa Libertadores as they went down 2-1 to Olimpia in Asuncion.
The game was fairly stretched from the off yet it remained an even contest with both sides looking to attack. It was La O who scored first though with 25 minutes played. Vladimir Marin's free-kick from wide on the right snuck in at the far post untouched by any player.
El Granate continued to push and found their equaliser with 18 minutes left on the clock. Silvio Romero showed superb control to wriggle his way into the box from the right, before laying the ball off for Carlos Araujo to clip right into the top corner. Olimpia were unperturbed and found the winner with 10 minutes remaining. Maximiliano Biancucchi and Marin combined well as their interplay created the chance for the Argentine to slot into an empty net.
The win is Olimpia's first after they lost their opening game to Emelec and they now sit second in the table but Flamengo have a game in hand. Lanus remain rooted to the bottom without a win and will need positive results in their upcoming games with Emelec.
The Strongest continued their excellent start to this year's campaign as they made it two wins in two as they overcame the Juan Aurich in La Paz.|
The Peruvian champions took the lead when John Valencia's ambitious 45-metre free-kick caused undue trouble for Daniel Vaca as he fumbled the ball and sent it into the back of his own net. The Strongest were level no less than four minutes later when Sebastian Gonzalez wonderfully chest controlled Nelvin Soliz's dinked ball before volleying past the onrushing Diego Penny.
The match continued with great intensity during the second half but the Bolivians found a winner as their opponents began to tire. Pablo Escobar, the star of his side's win over reigning champions, scored a magnificent solo goal in the 77th minute. His run from deep ended with a well placed finish that Penny stood no chance of saving.
The Gualdinegro sit top of Group 1 with maximum points so far but face difficult back-to-back ties with Internacional in the coming weeks. It gets no easier for bottom placed Juan Aurich who will face Santos in their next two group games.
Universidad Catolica threw away a two-goal lead with some sloppy defending and poor goalkeeping in the second half as Junior salvaged their first point of this Copa Libertadores edition.|
Catolica began the game well and Francisco Silva saw his effort cleared off the line after some swift passing on the right flank in the 17th minute. The first goal of the game was scored just two minutes later and it was courtesy of the hosts. Nicolas Trecco's free-kick was turned into the net by Felipe Gutierrez. The young midfielder then grabbed his second of the night just eight minutes later as he latched onto Matias Campos Toro's through-ball before rounding the keeper and slotting into the net from an acute angle.
The second half brought a reinvigorated Junior who began their fightback with a goal seven minutes after the restart. Christopher Toselli let Vladimir Hernandez's volley slip through his hands and into the back of the net. The game was level soon after as Hector Quinones plucked Luiz Narvaez's pass down and looped the ball into the far corner past Toselli.
Neither team managed to find the winner as they did not desire being caught exposed in defence. Catolica move to second place but sit four points adrift of compatriots Union Espanola at the top of Group 3. Junior remain languishing at the bottom beneath Bolivar in stark contrast to their Colombian counterparts Atletico Nacional in Group 8.