Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s return to Gimnasia La Plata still hasn’t seen a win yet, after Olimpo blew their hosts away in the second half of a topsy-turvy game to win 3-1. A miss from Barros Schelotto was crucial, as was Gimnasia goalkeeper Gastón Sessa’s idiotic red card for handling the ball outside his own area. In Friday evening’s other match, Banfield and Colón got a 1-1 draw. All those goals are here, as are those from the three matches involving Argentine sides in the Copa Libertadores during the week, to catch up after a few days during which I’ve been unable to post anything.
Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata 1 – 3 Club Olimpo
Banfield 1 – 1 Colón
Copa Libertadores group stage
Group 4, Tues 15th February: Vélez Sarsfield 3 – 0 Caracas FC (VEN)
Vélez actually didn’t impress massively in this match, but got a comfortable win all the same thanks to a stunning goal from Maxi Moralez and another similar from David Ramírez, before international hero Juan Manuel Martínez wrapped it up with a penalty.
Group 7, Weds 16th February: Cruzeiro (BRA) 5 – 0 Club Estudiantes de La Plata
Estudiantes opening Copa match didn’t go well, to say the least. Bizarrely, two years ago these two sides met in the final, having also been in the same group. Those two group meetings both ended in comfortable wins for the home side. Is this a sign of things to come?
Group 8, Thurs 17th February: Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba 2 – 1 Liga Universitaria de Quito (ECU)
Godoy Cruz made their debut in the Copa Libertadores with an impressive performance and a good win against 2008 winners Liga de Quito in Mendoza. Both Godoy’s goals came from Sánchezes – Carlos with the first and Nicolás with the second.
Elsewhere in the Copa, also on Thursday night, two Argentines inspired Paraguay’s Cerro Porteño to a 5-2 win over Chile’s Colo-Colo. Roberto Nanni opened the scoring and got the Paraguayans’ fourth from the spot, whilst Juan Manuel Iturbe, one of the stars of the recent Sudamericano Sub 20 even though Argentina failed to qualify for the Olympics, came on at half time and scored two brilliant goals, Cerro’s third and fifth.
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