Vélez Sarsfield beat Peñarol 3-1 and top group
Vélez Sarsfield beat visitors Peñarol (Uruguay) 3-1 last night to take the lead in group 9 of the Libertadores Cup.
The win left Vélez Sarsfield with nine points (from four games), Peñarol and Emelec (Ecuador) with six and Deportes Iquique (Chile) with three.
The match was played without spectators, a sanction imposed by the South American Football Confederation because crowds caused incidents when the two clubs met in Montevideo with Vélez Sarsfield winning 1-0.
Peñarol started winning with a goal by Fabián Estoyanoff after 23 minutes, scored with a penalty after defender Gino Perruzzi handled the ball. Television showed however that the handball was outside the penalty area. But Vélez Sarsfield equalized six minutes later when goalkeeper Enrique Bologna put the ball through his own goal. Sebastián Dominguez’s shot bounced off a goalpost into the goalkeeper’s back and into the net.
Vélez Sarsfield absorbed early pressure, but were on top later on and Federico Insúa put them ahead from the penalty spot in 74 minutes when and whithin three minutes Jonathan Copete made it 3-1 with a header.
Vélez Sarsfield’s next group match is away to Deportes Iquique on April 2.
Late last night, Newell’s Old Boys were playing Universidad de Chile in Santiago in another Libertadores Cup match.
FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP. With two goals from 40 metres and a long free-kick, Quilmes won 3-1 on Monday night at bottom Argentinos Juniors to move out of the relegation zone and push Independiente back in. Sebastián Romero put Quilmes ahead after 32 minutes of a fairly even first half. Wilfredo Olivera, with another long shot, made it 2-0 nine minutes after the break. Matías Martínez’s header 10 minutes later gave Argentinos Juniors some hope, but Wilfredo Olivera assured victory with a free-kick for Quilmes who were well on top in the second half.