Last year’s winners, Estudiantes de La Plata, were the only Argentine side to really do the country’s league justice in the 2009 Copa Libertadores, but if the early running is anything to go by then current domestic champions Banfield at least seem to have the measure of the competition. After an opening win over Mexican side Monarcas Morelia last week, Banfield travelled to Cuenca for arguably their biggest challenge; Argentine sides haven’t exactly enjoyed matches at altitude over the last year. This was a different story though. Cuenca’s goal came from a late penalty and by the time it went in Banfield had long since ceased to worry about exerting themselves. Walter Erviti opened the scoring with a bombazo from outside the box, Sebastián Fernández scored twice, and that man James Rodríguez just had to get one, didn’t he? Watch all of them right here.
Copa Libertadores 2010, group 6: Deportivo Cuenca (ECU) 1 – 4 Banfield, Weds 17th February 2010
As I type, Lanús are losing 1-0 away to Universitario in Peru in group 4. The goal video from that match will be up on HEGS on Thursday evening, because I’m off to bed now.
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