Thursday night was one of mixed fortunes for Argentine clubs in the Copa Libertadores. After Vélez Sarsfield’s and Boca Juniors’ defeats earlier in the week, Newell’s Old Boys finally got a win for Argentina, beating Paraguayan giants Olimpia 3-1 in El Coloso Del Parque with goals from Ignacio Scocco, Horacio Orzán and Maxi Rodríguez. Maxi’s killed the game off late on after Olimpia had pulled it back to 2-1 minutes before through Fredy Bareiro. Later in the evening, nine-man Arsenal de Sarandí lost 2-1 to The Strongest in Bolivia. All the goals are here.
Newell’s 3 – 1 Olimpia
The Strongest 2 – 1 Arsenal
Alejandro Chumacero opened the scoring in La Paz for the hosts with a dipping long range shot that fooled Emanuel Olivero in the Arsenal goal. A stunning Darío Benedetto free kick made it 1-1 not long into the second half, and Arsenal had a foothold, but as the game drew on in the altitude of La Paz they started to tire, their cause not helped by Damián Pérez’s red card. The Strongest were in a generous mood though, awful in the final third all night, and it took another Arsenal red card – after Emilio Zelaya slapped an opponent in the face seemingly for no reason – before the hosts found the winner, bundled in by Luis Melgar.