Weeks after becoming the first Argentine club in four decades to take a Copa Libertadores point from a high-altitude match in Bolivia, Estudiantes were at ‘home’ in Quilmes to Bolívar on Tuesday night. After a first half in which the Bolivian visitors proved a very tough nut to crack, things finally came good for El Pincha in the second. José Sosa scored his second goal in as many matches to break the deadlock, and with twelve minutes to go Mauro Boselli made sure of the points, with Seba Verón pulling the strings majestically as ever from midfield (he set Sosa’s goal up wonderfully). You can watch the goals right here.
Copa Libertadores 2010, Tues 23rd March: Estudiantes de La Plata 2 – 0 Bolívar (BOL)
This win leaves Estudiantes second in Group 3 with seven points. All teams have played 4 matches. Alianza Lima top the group with nine points, whilst their countrymen Juan Aurich are on six and Bolívar have just one. Estudiantes’ final two matches are against the Peruvians: first away to Juan Aurich (who they beat 5-1 at home in their first match of the Copa) and then at home to Alianza in a match that won’t mean anything other than who wins the group, should Estudiantes beat Juan Aurich and Alianza get at least a draw against Bolívar in La Paz. They’ll be hoping they can: when the sides met in Lima last month, Estudiantes were handed a 4-1 spanking.
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