Velez impress in opener
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Argentinian side Velez Sarsfield beat Venezuelan champions Caracas 3-0 in the opening game in Group 4 of the Copa Libertadores.

Caracas were up against it from the tenth minute when they had Angelo Pena sent off following an innocuous-looking clash with Maximiliano Moralez and they never recovered. Moralez put Velez ahead with a long-range effort a minute before half-time and new signing David Ramirez doubled the lead just after the hour mark. Juan Manuel Martinez added a third with a penalty seven minutes from time.

Ramirez said: "Starting the Copa Libertadores with a win is great. We were not good at getting the control of the ball but we hurt Caracas at the right moments."

Libertad of Paraguay claimed an important win in Mexico as they defeated San Luis 2-1 in Group 1. Argentinian striker Nicolas Pavlovich put the visitors ahead in the 18th minute with a header, but Juan Cavallo equalised six minutes before half-time. Sergio Aquino's 55th-minute penalty gave Libertad victory, while San Luis midfielder Ignacio Torres was sent off late on.

Also in Mexico, in Group 3, America had little trouble in seeing off Uruguayan outfit Nacional 2-0 at the Estadio Azteca. America took the lead in the fourth minute through Vicente Sanchez and Argentinian Vicente Matias Vuoso doubled their lead four minutes after the break.

In Group 7, Danny Santoya's goal gave Colombian side Tolima a 1-0 win over Paraguay's Guarani, while in Group 5, Deportivo Tachira of Venezuela and Brazilian giants Santos drew 0-0 at the Estadio Pueblo Nuevo in San Cristobal.

Tachira defender Jose Yeguez was content with a point. "Unfortunately, we failed to gain the three points, but I think a draw against a Brazilian team is not that bad," he said. "Our finishing let us down. The rest was okay."