Olimpia rally earns draw with Flamengo
Olimpia scored three unanswered goals in the final 13 minutes of the match to draw Flamengo 3-3 in the Copa Libertadores on Thursday.
Midfielder Vladimir Marin scored an 89th-minute equalizer for the Paraguayan club, firing a shot from inside the area after a pass by former Flamengo midfielder Maxi Biancucchi.
Ronaldinho also scored a goal and set up another for Flamengo, which was jeered by fans after the match at the Engenhao stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil’s most popular club still leads Group 2 despite the draw. It has five points from three matches, while Olimpia and Lanus of Argentina have four points each.
Also Thursday, defending champion Santos came from behind to defeat Juan Aurich 3-1, joining Internacional and The Strongest atop Group 1.
Argentine playmaker Dario Bottinelli opened the scoring for Flamengo with a 38th-minute goal over Olimpia goalkeeper Martin Silva from inside the area after a pass by striker Vagner Love.
Ronaldinho added to the lead with a penalty kick in the 57th after Silva fouled Vagner Love inside the area.
Ronaldinho, a two-time FIFA player of the year, then made a no-look pass from near midfield to Luiz Antonio, who slipped a shot past Silva in the 64th.
Olimpia began its comeback in the 77th minute with a powerful free kick by substitute striker Pablo Zeballos, and Luis Caballero got the Paraguayans within a goal with a low left-footer from the top of the area in the 85th.
”There’s no explanation, we can’t allow the goal that we allowed after the advantage that we had throughout the match,” Vagner Love said. ”We had to win at home. Now we will have to win a match away, it’s not going to be easy.”
Flamengo had a goal disallowed in the 45th after Vagner Love was caught offsides following a pass from Ronaldinho.
The Brazilian club was without goalkeeper Felipe, who has not recovered from a head trauma sustained in a match in the Rio de Janeiro state championship two weeks ago. He was replaced by Paulo Victor, who made a key save on Sergio Orteman’s header off a corner in the first half.
In Peru, Juan Aurich took the early lead against Santos with a goal by Panamanian striker Luis Carlos Tejada in the 15th minute, but Santos rallied with goals by Jorge Fucile in the 36th, Paulo Henrique Ganso in the 40th and Borges in the 69th.
Juan Aurich played a man down from the 58th minute after defender Luis Guadalupe was sent off for a hard foul on Santos midfielder Arouca. Guadalupe had received his first yellow card just three minutes earlier.
Tejada opened the scoring by turning around a defender after a cross inside the area and striking with a right-footer from near the penalty spot.
Santos equalized with a close-range goal by Uruguay defender Fucile, and Ganso scored the go-ahead goal with a free kick, curling a left-footed shot around the wall.
Striker Borges closed the scoring in the second half, firing a low left-footed shot into the far post after receiving a perfect pass from Ganso.
Santos, Internacional and The Strongest all have six points in Group 1 from three matches, but Brazil’s Internacional is ahead on goal difference. Juan Aurich has yet to win a match.