Universidad Catolica edge Caracas to go top
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Chilean giants Universidad Catolica claimed a 2-0 away win over Caracas in Venezuela to go top of Group 4 in the Copa Libertadores. Juan Antonio Pizzi's Catolica avenging a 3-1 home defeat by Caracas earlier in the competition.

Jose Luis Villanueva put Catolica ahead four minutes after the break after Marcelo Canete got into the box and assisted him. In the 85th, Lucas Pratto doubled the lead after a move with Felipe Gutierrez, three minutes before Caracas midfielder Nelson Barahona was shown red for hitting Francisco Pizarro.

"The team did what we had planned perfectly. We took what we wanted and I am very happy with the team form," said Pizzi. "The job our two forwards (Pratto and Villanueva) and the playmaker (Canete) did tonight helped us be solid and ordered in defence too."

Catolica climbed up to seven points in Group 4, one above Caracas, while Union Espanola of Chile and Argentina's Velez Sarsfield meet in Buenos Aires on Thursday.

Paraguay's reigning champions Libertad consolidated their lead in Group 1 thanks to a late goal by Nicolas Pavlovich that helped the team salvage a 2-2 home draw with the reigning Colombian league winners Once Caldas. Once Caldas took the lead in the 11th minute when Wason Renteria played a combination with Dayro Moreno before shooting the ball into the back of the net.

Pavlovich equalised five minutes later after a Victor Caceres free-kick and a defensive mistake, but Renteria shot to the far post and gave Once Caldas the lead again. The Colombian team were celebrating their first win in this year's Libertadores, but Pavlovich headed the ball into the back of the net in the third minute of injury time to level the game.

Libertad, already-qualified to the Round of 16, lead Group 1 on 11 points, while Once Caldas have collected their fourth draw in five games.

Mexico's San Luis claimed their first group win with a 3-1 triumph over Universidad San Martin of Peru. Juan Carlos Medina opened the scoring in the third minute, but Michael Arroyo added a brace, one in each half, while Roland Quinteros netted San Martin's goal before he was sent off.

San Martin remain second despite this defeat, five points below Libertad, while San Luis climbed off the bottom and reached the five-point mark.