Godoy Cruz defeat Liga de Quito
Nicolas Sanchez scored in the 60th minute to give Argentine club
Godoy Cruz a 2-1 victory over Liga de Quito on Thursday in the
first group match for both in the Copa Libertadores.
It was also Godoy Cruz’s first match in the history of the Copa
In other matches, Brazil’s Gremio defeated Oriente Petrolero of
Bolivia 3-0 and Atletico Junior of Colombia was a 2-1 winner over
Peru club Leon de Huanuco.
Paraguay’s Cerro Porteno overwhelmed Chile’s Colo Colo 5-2 in
the night’s other match.
In the Group 8 match, Carlos Sanchez gave Godoy Cruz a 1-0 lead
in the 16th, but Liga equalized in the 53rd on a header by Neicer
Reasco. That set the stage for Nicolas Sanchez’s winner on a
Liga finished with 10 men after Fernando Hidalgo was sent off in
the second half.
The major upset comes just four days after Godoy Cruz humbled
famous Argentine club Boca Juniors 4-1 in the opening game for both
in the Argentine Clausura season.
In Group 2, Brazilian club Gremio polished off Oriente Petrolero
with two goals by Douglas and one by Gilson.
Douglas scored in the 43rd on a penalty, beating Bolivian keeper
Hugo Suarez. Gilson made it 2-0 in the 48th and Douglas scored his
second in the 70th, scoring from a centering pass from Lucio.
Also in Group 2, Jhon Viafara gave Atletico Junior a 1-0 lead in
the 23rd and Carlos Bacca made it 2-0 in the 66th. Carlos Elias
scored for Leon in the 86th. The match marked Leon’s first-ever
match in the competition, Latin America’s top club tournament.
Atletico Junior finished with 10 men when Jose Amaya was sent
off in the 79th after his second yellow card.
In Group 5, Paraguay’s Cerro Porteno had two goals from
Argentine forward Juan Manuel Itrube. Roberto Nanni also scored
twice for Cerro Porteno and Julio dos Santos added the other.
Cristobal Jorquera and Esteban Paredes scored for the