Copa Libertadores Roundup, Feb 19

Defending champion Estudiantes crashed to a 4-1 loss at Alianza

Lima on Thursday despite Jose Sosa scoring one of the fastest goals

in Copa Libertadores history.

Sosa scored after eight seconds for Estudiantes, but a hat

trick from Wilmer Aguirre and a fourth from Jose Fernandez gave

Alianza victory and top spot in Group 3.

In the day’s other match, Juan Manuel Olivera scored a 3rd

minute penalty to give Universidad de Chile a 1-0 home win over

Venezuela’s Caracas in the opening Group 8 match.

In Lima, Sosa charged down an attempted clearance direct from

kick off and rounded goalkeeper Salomon Libman to score opener for

Estudiantes.

Aguirre cut into the box and fired into the roof of the net

for Alianza’s equalizer in the 18th minute, then muscled his way

past two defenders to score his second in the 34th.

Aguirre completed his treble in the 74th and Fernandez sealed

the win in the 83rd.

Alianza leads the group with two wins from two games.

Juan Manuel Olivera scored the only goal of the match at

Santiago after he was fouled in the box by Juan Manuel Rey.

Flamengo of Brazil hosts Universidad Catolica of Chile in

Group 8 next Wednesday.

The Copa Libertadores is the top club competition in Latin

America. Eight group winners plus the six best placed runners-up

qualify for the last 16.

Mexican clubs San Luis and Guadalajara will enter at the last

16 stage after pulling out of last year’s tournament at the same

stage because of the swine flu outbreak.