Libertadores 2013: Newell’s start with a win, Arsenal fall short in La Paz

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.

2 thoughts on “Libertadores 2013: Newell’s start with a win, Arsenal fall short in La Paz

  1. Not the strongest generation of Olimpia players but Ever Almeida is a crafty manager so I thought Tata Martino was very good yesterday, he didn’t press as hard as usual knowing that Olimpia needed space behind to have any chance. Also he is so patient, Newell’s are like a boxer that just keeps jabbing knowing that they’ll wear you down enough to hit you with the killer punch – 3 goals in the final 20 minutes says it all. Think Newell’s could do well in the Libertadores, Tata has always been a good coach in knockout tournaments his previous two being World Cup 2010 (QF) and Copa America 2011 (Runners-up).

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