Fluminense beats Arsenal 1-0 in Copa Libertadores
Striker Fred scored just three minutes into the match and
Fluminense held on to a 1-0 win over Arsenal of Argentina in both
teams’ opening game in Group 4 of the Copa Libertadores on
Fred got the early winner at the Engenhao stadium with a shot
from inside the area after defender Lisandro Lopez failed to clear
a cross from the left.
Arsenal pressured at the end but was not able to capitalize on
its scoring chances.
Players got into an altercation in the 75th and a few players
shoved each other, prompting the match to be stopped for a few
moments. Fluminense midfielder Wagner and Arsenal forward Nicolas
Aguirre were sent off.
Fluminense also had defender Leandro Euzebio red carded in the
90th following a hard foul.
The other two teams in Group 4 are Argentina’s Boca Juniors and
Fluminense, which also has Thiago Neves and former Chelsea and
Portugal midfielder Deco in its squad, was runner-up in the 2008
Copa Libertadores, losing the final at home in a penalty shootout
against Ecuador’s Liga de Quito.
Fluminense: Diego Cavalieri, Bruno, Anderson, Leandro Euzebio,
Carlinhos, Edinho, Diguinho (Digao, 90), Wagner, Deco (Wellington
Nem, 72), Thiago Neves, (Rafael Sobis, 65) Fred.
Arsenal: Cristian Campestrini, Hugo Nervo (Adrian Gonzalez, 81),
Lisandro Lopez, Guillermo Burdisso, Damian Perez, Carlos Carbonero,
Ivan Marcone, Gaston Esmerado (Diego Torres, 64), Nicolas Diego
Aguirre, Luciano Leguizamon, Emilio Jose Zelaya (Jorge Cristian