Libertadores CupWednesday, April 9, 2014
Vélez beats Universitario 1-0 to end atop in group
With goal from Roberto Nanni, Vélez Sarsfield defeated Universitario of Peru 1-0 to win the Group 1 of the Libertadores Cup, gaining an easy rival in last 16 clash.
Nanni, who missed a penalty in the first half, scored the winner in the 52nd minute.
Vélez ended with 15 points followed by The Strongest of Bolivia — the other qualified team of the group — with 10.
Lanús was playing O‘Higgins late yesterday. A draw qualified the Argentine team to the next stage.
Domestic League champion San Lorenzo goes into their most crucial match of the year at home to Botafogo today minus two suspended players and hoping to have got over a jinx of conceding late goals.
The Saints must beat the Brazilian side at the Nuevo Gasómetro to go through.
They are bottom of Group Two after conceding a penalty in the fifth minute of added time away to Ecuador’s Independiente del Valle for a 1-1 draw two weeks ago.
San Lorenzo’s protests against Paraguayan referee Carlos Amarilla over the penalty earned key midfielder Leandro “Pipi” Romagnoli and centre back Fabricio Fontanini four-match bans which South American governing body CONMEBOL handed down late on Monday.
“With the match over, some San Lorenzo players and auxiliaries came on to the pitch to insult us, saying we are thieves, we stole the match from them,” Amarilla said in his match report.
Amarilla added that only the quick intervention of police prevented him and his linesmen from being attacked on the pitch.
San Lorenzo, the only member of Argentina’s Big Five clubs never to have won the Libertadores Cup and desperate to make amends this year, also conceded a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw at home to group leaders Unión Espanola last month.
The Chilean side secured their last-16 berth upsetting Botafogo 1-0 at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro last week.
San Lorenzo can take heart, however, from their recent results in the Final Tournament where they appear to have reversed a habit of conceding late goals and turned the tables at the right moment.