BUENOS AIRES - Libertad of Paraguay all
but qualified for the knockout phase of the Libertadores Cup
with a 1-0 away win over Peruvian champions San Martin on
Unbeaten Libertad lead Group One with 10 points from four
matches and by far the best goal difference. San Martin have six
points after two wins and two defeats.
San Martin defender Julio Cesar Moreyra handled a goal-bound
shot in the 23rd minute and was sent off with midfielder Sergio
Aquino converting the penalty for the only goal.
San Martin's Argentine striker Heber Arriola had a penalty
saved eight minutes later, squandering a chance to equalise as
the Peruvians failed to avenge their 5-1 defeat by Libertad in
Asuncion last week.
Arriola's spot-kick was parried by Libertad goalkeeper
Tobias Vargas and midfielder Christian Cueva hit the post from
"The wind made things difficult," Vargas told reporters of
the match played in the Lima port district of Callao. "It became
very tough to play, thank God we had the chance of the penalty."
The top two teams from each of the groups advance to the
last 16, the first knockout round of the South American club
Three times champions Nacional of Uruguay spoilt Argentinos
Juniors' hopes of putting a foot in the last 16 with a surprise
1-0 away win at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Buenos
Aires in Group Three.
Nacional scored in the 34th minute when a punt by goalkeeper
Leo Burian was headed on and striker Santiago Garcia hustled
defender Santiago Gentiletti off the ball to shoot across the
face of the goal into the net off the base of the far post.
Argentinos, South American champions in 1985, are still top
of the group with seven points from four matches, one more point
than Mexico's America who have played three.
Nacional are third with four points and Brazilian champions
Fluminense, at home to America next week, have two.
"We believed in ourselves and (that) the good results would
come," man of the match Garcia told Fox Sports.
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