BUENOS AIRES - Four-times South American
champions Estudiantes soothed the wounds of their worst
Libertadores Cup defeat with a 1-0 home win over Deportes Tolima
of Colombia on Wednesday.
Holders Internacional of Brazil, who succeeded Estudiantes
as champions, beat Chiapas of Mexico 4-0 in Group Six, with two
goals by Argentina midfielder Mario Bolatti.
Estudiantes had been crushed 5-0 by Cruzeiro in Brazil in
their Group Seven opener last week but steadied the ship with a
goal from midfielder Pablo Barrientos on the stroke of halftime.
Juan Sebastian Veron normally takes the free kicks for the
Argentine league champions but the captain stood aside for
Barrientos, who curled the ball into the bottom corner with his
left foot from just outside the box.
"The important thing is to win, for us what was important
was the result and we got it. We'll see about the style later,"
Veron told reporters.
Estudiantes are still getting used to playing under new
coach Eduardo Berizzo, who took charge two weeks ago following
the shock resignation of Alex Sabella.
The match marked Estudiantes' return to the state of the art
Ciudad de La Plata stadium in the city of La Plata, capital of
Buenos Aires province.
It is the only stadium in South America with a sliding roof,
which has been installed in time for the Copa America in
Argentina in July.
Cruzeiro took their goal tally to nine in two matches with a
4-0 victory over Guarani of Paraguay on Tuesday. The Brazilian
team's striker Wallyson is joint top scorer on four goals with
Argentine Roberto Nanni of Paraguay's Cerro Porteno.
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