Copa Santander Liberatdores Roundup, Feb. 16
Rodolfo Gamarra scored twice as Paraguayan side Libertad downed a
nine-man Blooming of Bolivia 4-0 in Group 4 of the Copa
Libertadores on Tuesday.
Victor Caceres was left unmarked at the back post before firing in the opener in first half stoppage time for Libertad. Blooming then lost Fabricio and Andres Imperiale to red cards in the 48th and 51st.
Gamarra made it 2-0 when he headed in the second goal from Wilson Pitoni's lofted pass in the 67th minute. Victor Ayala's free kick and Gamarra's second goal added gloss to the scoreline in stoppage time.
In the day's other match, Esteban Paredes scored the lone goal in Colo Colo of Chile's 1-0 home win over Deportivo Italia of Venezuela in Group 7.
Paredes burst into the box and shot into the roof of the net after intercepting an attempted clearance by Marcelo Maidana in the 59th minute.
The results put Libertad top of Group 4 with two wins from two matches. Universitario of Peru can draw level if it beats Lanus of Argentina at home tomorrow.
Colo Colo joined Velez Sarsfield at the top of Group 7, with both clubs winning their opening matches.
The Copa Libertadores is the top club competition in Latin America. The winners and six best-placed runners-up from the eight groups will qualify for the last 16 stage.