San Lorenzo, River Plate, LDU Quito and Deportivo Cucuta all won
on their travels in the latest round of matches in the Copa
Read on as FIFA.com rounds up all the news in a week that also saw America and Los Millonarios move out front in their keenly contested section.
Game of the week
Real Potosi 2-3 San Lorenzo
Goals: Miguel Loaiza 17, Alvaro Pintos 32 (Potosi); Bernardo Romeo 71, Cristian Chavez 78, Aureliano Torres 88 pen (San Lorenzo)
Having gone goalless in their two previous outings and picked up just one point, San Lorenzo knew their hopes of progressing to the knockout stage hinged on the outcome of their high-altitude clash in Potosi. And the Argentinians were gasping for air in the first half as Tito Montano's men surged into a 2-0 lead. The dismissal of Gonzalo Galindo just after the restart proved to be the turning point, however, as El Ciclón mounted a dramatic late revival capped by Aureliano Torres's spot-kick two minutes from time.
Surprise of the week
CD Guadalajara 0-1 Cucuta Deportivo
Goal: Matias Urbano 44 (Cucuta)
Perhaps the most impressive away win of the week was posted by Cucuta Deportivo at the Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara. After going down to Santos last Tuesday, El Rebaño Sagrado were anxious to get back on track with a home win. The Colombians, semi-finalists in 2007, had other ideas, however, and stole the points courtesy of Urbano's classy finish on the stroke of half-time. Efrain Flores' charges created no shortage of openings in the second half but keeper Andres Castellanos and his defence held on as the Cafeteros registered their first win to vault into top spot in the section.
In one of the most eagerly awaited dishes on the midweek menu, Universidad Catolica entertained Group 5 adversaries River Plate in Santiago. And just as they did three weeks ago against America, the Chileans shipped a late goal to fall to a 2-1 defeat. Mauro Rosales was the matchwinner for Los Millonarios, handing them their first win on the road in twelve months and their fourth overall on the other side of the Andes.
In the section's other game America put an end to their recent slump with a 3-1 win over Universidad San Martin at the Estadio Azteca, a result that takes them to the top of the group, ahead of the Buenos Aires giants on goal difference.
It also proved to be a productive two or three days for Ecuador's representatives. LDU Quito took to the top of Group 8 and relegated Argentina's Arsenal to third thanks a 1-0 win in their meeting on Wednesday, Patricio Urrutia grabbing the only goal of the game from the spot. Deportivo Cuenca then got in on the act when they secured a valuable goalless draw at Lanus, who still lead the way in Group 2.
The future looks bright for Group 3 frontrunners Atlas, who racked up their second 3-0 win of the campaign when they put UA Maracaibo to the sword in Guadalajara. Goalscorers Gerardo Flores, Jorge Achucarro and Bruno Marioni all celebrated their strikes by taking one of their boots off and if the Mexicans' impressive home form is anything to go by, the trio should be doing plenty more fancy footwork as the tournament progresses.
Finally, Cienciano took the honours in the all-Peruvian duel with Coronel Bolognesi to move into second place in Group 4 behind Nacional of Uruguay. Carlos Solis was the Cusco side's main man, breaking the deadlock 15 minutes from time.
15 - the number of goals scored by Atlas sharpshooter Bruno Marioni in CONMEBOL club competitions. On the scoresheet four times in the Copa Libertadores, the former Newell's Old Boys, Estudiantes, Sporting Lisbon, Independiente, Villarreal, Tenerife, Pumas, Boca Juniors and Toluca striker has also hit the back of the net once in the Copa Mercosur and ten times in the Copa Sudamericana.
What they said...
"People should be thankful that there is an Argentinian coach who has won the Copa still working in national football. That adds a little prestige to it. If they want me out of San Lorenzo, they're going to have to kill me." El Ciclón coach Ramon Diaz answers the critics after seeing his side secure a heroic win over Real Potosi in Bolivia.
This week's results:
Real Potosi (BOL) 2-3 San Lorenzo (ARG)
Cienciano (PER) 1-0 Coronel Bolognesi (PER)
CD Guadalajara (MEX) 0-1 Cucuta Deportivo (COL)
Atlas (MEX) 3-0 UA Maracaibo (VEN)
Universidad Catolica (CHI) 1-2 River Plate (ARG)
Arsenal (ARG) 0-1 LDU Quito (ECU)
CA Lanus (ARG) 0-0 Deportivo Cuenca (ECU)
CF America (MEX) 3-1 Universidad San Martin (PER)