BUENOS AIRES - Flamengo's Libertadores
Cup match against Universidad de Chile has been put back to
Thursday due to a torrential rainstorm in Rio de Janeiro that
has so far claimed around 100 lives, the state government said.
The storm, that started on Monday, caused the Maracana river
to break its banks and flood the pitch of the city stadium where
the Group Eight match was to have been played on Wednesday
Brazilian champions Flamengo are one point behind their
Chilean opponents, who lead the group standings.
Argentine striker Ezequiel Miralles scored twice as Chile's
Colo Colo won 3-2 away to Deportivo Italia of Venezuela in a
Group Seven match at the Olimpico in Caracas on Tuesday.
Miralles could have had a hat-trick but his 73rd-minute
penalty was saved by goalkeeper Jose Fernandez.
Brazil's Cruzeiro and Velez Sarsfield of Argentina are top
of Group Seven with 10 points apiece with one match to go. Colo
Colo are third on seven points.
With the postponement in Rio, the only match going ahead on
Wednesday was Uruguayan champions Nacional's visit to Deportivo
Cuenca of Ecuador in Group Six.
Nacional are joint leaders with Argentina's Banfield but the
Uruguayans have a match in hand. Both teams are five points
ahead of bottom side Cuenca.
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