Defending champion Estudiantes of Argentina was held to a 0-0 away
draw by Bolivian club Bolivar in the group stage of the Copa
Libertadores on Tuesday.
Racing of Uruguay and Deportivo Cuenca of Ecuador secured
their first wins in this year’s tournament, while the match between
Chilean clubs Universidad Catolica and Universidad de Chile ended
Estudiantes, which won last year’s title by beating Cruzeiro
in the final, struggled to create clear chances against Bolivar at
high altitude in La Paz.
The draw moved Estudiantes to four points in Group 3 after
three matches, two points behind leader Alianza Lima. Alianza has a
game in hand and hosts Juan Aurich, also of Peru, on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Cuenca beat Morelia of Mexico 2-0 at home to
register its first points in three matches. A 30-yard shot from
Gabriel Mendez brushed the crossbar to open the scoring in the 59th
minute, before Luis Escalada added a second with a low shot in the
Racing had a 2-1 win at home against Cerro Porteno of
Paraguay to move level with Corinthians of Brazil atop Group 1.
Mathias Mirabajes gave Racing the lead in the 19th minute and
Martin Cauteruccio got the second in the 69th, while Luis Caceres
pulled a goal back for Cerro in the 84th.
Cerro finished the match with ten men after Javier Villarreal
was sent off in the 78th minute.
Edson Puch scored a stoppage time equalizer to salvage a
point for Universidad de Chile against compatriot Universidad
Catolica in Group 8.
Juan Manuel Olivera put Universidad de Chile in front in the
19th minute, but goals by Matias Rubio in the 22nd and Francisco
Silva in the 70th gave Catolica the lead until Puch equalized again
with a near post header from a corner.