MONTEVIDEO - Universidad de Chile right-back Matias Rodriguez scored a stoppage-time equaliser for a
2-2 draw away to Flamengo that keeps the Chileans top of Group
Eight in the Libertadores Cup.
"The U" have eight points from four matches, one more point
than Brazilian champions Flamengo, playing without striker
Adriano who is nursing a back injury. Chile's Universidad
Catolica have three points and Caracas FC of Venezuela two.
The match, played some of the time in torrential rain, was
postponed from Wednesday due to flooding at the Maracana as
storms that have caused mudslides and killed about 100 people
wrought havoc in Rio de Janeiro this week.
Argentines scored Universidad de Chile's goals with
midfielder Walter Montillo heading them into a 1-0 half time
lead from Jose Contreras's right cross and compatriot Rodriguez
securing a surprise draw with a powerful shot as the Flamengo
fans were celebrating a victory.
Midfielder Michael equalised in the 67th minute from Vagner
Love's pass and right back Leo Moura appeared to have settled
the match in Flamengo's favour when he put them 2-1 from the
edge of the box up with eight minutes remaining.
Colombian champions Independiente Medellin hauled
themselves back into the Group One reckoning with a 1-0 home
win over Cerro Porteno of Paraguay.
Corinthians of Brazil lead the group with 10 points from
four matches followed by Racing of Uruguay with seven. Medellin
now have six from five games and Cerro Porteno one.
Striker Luis Arias, whose penalty a minute earlier was
saved by Ezequiel Medran, put Medellin ahead in the 55th when
he took a through ball from Cesar Valoyes to finish off a quick
counter-attack started by substitute playmaker Nelson Barahona.
The Paraguayans' midfielder Rodrigo Burgos was sent off in
the 68th minute.
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