Copa Libertadores 2013: One win, one draw, one loss

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It was a mixed week in the Copa Libertadores for the Chilean teams with Universidad de Chile winning away in Argentina, Huachipato drawing away in Brazil and Iquique going down in Ecuador. The results for La U and Huachipato sees them maintain their chances of progressing out of their group whilst for Iquique their debut in the competition is all but over.

Universidad de Chile bounced back to winning ways in the Copa Libertadores accounting for Newell’s Old Boys 2-1 in Rosario.

It took only three minutes before Guillermo Marino opened the scoring against Newell’s Old Boy’s. An “old boy” of the club himself, the veteran Argentine player found himself in space, easily accounting for the opposition goalkeeper. The game was only fifteen minutes old when Universidad de Chile doubled their advantage via Charles Aránguiz as he converted from the penalty spot after Sebastián Ubilla was taken down inside the area.

The trio of Marino, Aránguiz and Ubilla were key players for los azules, who finally showed what they are capable of under Dario Franco. Just seconds before half time, Ignacio Scocco blasted a free kick from outside the area, and Johnny Herrera could only watch the ball drop to his left. Despite only having a one goal advantage, “La U” looked the stronger team throughout the match.

Both teams finished with one man less as tempers flared. Captain José Rojas was dismissed for Universidad de Chile, following the exist of Gabriel Heinze for the home team seven minutes earlier.

The game came to an exciting finish, with Herrera blocking an overhead kick by Scocco. The win will give Franco great confidence ahead of next week’s rematch against Newell’s Old Boys at Estadio Nacional. Los leones now lead the group, after Olimpia and Deportivo Lara shared the points in Paraguay.

Newell’s Old Boys 1-2 Universidad de Chile

Iquique’s Libertadores campaign is over in all but name only after they suffered their third loss of the campaign when they lost 2-1 away to Ecuadorian side Emelec in Guayaquil.

Los dragones celestes struggled in the opening half barely troubling the goal of their Ecuadorian opponents. Meanwhile at the other end Iquique goalkeeper and captain, Rodrigo Naranjo was constantly in action and it was his efforts that kept the scores level at half time including two fine efforts to deny Pablo Zeballos and Marlon de Jesus.

However there was nothing Naranjo could do in the 56th minute when de Jesus headed home a Pedro Quinonez corner to give Emelec a much deserved lead. Fifteen minutes the Ecuadorians made it two courtesy of Vinicio Angulo as Iquique failed to deal with short corner routine. Manuel Villalobos pulled a goal back for Iquique in the 79th minute as took advantage of an Emelec defensive error. This proved to be only a consolation goal as try they might Iquique could not find a much needed equaliser.

The result sees Iquique on the bottom of group four with three points, whilst their opponents Velez Sarsfield, Peñarol and Emelec are all on six points with two matches to play.

Emelec 2-1 Iquique

Huachipato kept its chances of progressing to the knockout stages of the Copa Libertadores alive for another week after they drew 1-all away to Brazilian side, Fluminense.

Fluminense as expected dominated much of the early play and had numerous chances to open the scoring in the opening forty-five minutes via Thiago Neves, Gum and Jean but they found Huachipato ‘keeper Nery Veloso in fine form. There was nothing Veloso could do in the 31st minute as Fred opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Nicolas Nuñez was brought down Deco in the area after Veloso had made a meal of a clearance.

In the second half Huachipato, came out with a more attacking mindset as their manager Jorge Pellicer introduced both Jose Contreras and David Llanos. This attacking mindset paid off in the 71st minute as earlier villian, Nicolas Nuñez levelled things up for the visitors after Francisco Arrué’s initial effort was cleared off the line. After the equaliser Veloso again proved his worth saving efforts late on from Fred and Jean. Braian Rodriguez also had a chance to pull off an unlikely win in the 88th minute but the Uruguayan’s effort didn’t trouble the Fluminense goalkeeper.

The draw sees Huachipato in third position in their group with four points from their four games so far and still holding out hope of making it through to the next stage of the competition.

Fluminense 1-1 Huachipato

The match report for Newell’s Old Boys and Universidad de Chile originally appeared at I Love Chile as “Universidad de Chile too strong for Newell’s Old Boys”.

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