Week five of the Copa Libertadores 2009 proved to be a disappointing one for visiting sides, with Paraguay's Libertad the only team to pick up three points on their travels. FIFA.com rounds up the latest midweek action in Latin America's premier club competition.
Game of the week
Guadalajara 6-2 Everton
Goals: Amaury Ponce 17, Ramon Morales 22 pen, Alberto Medina 30, Marco Fabian 36, Javier Hernandez 77, 86 (Chivas); Carlos Gutierrez 50, Ezequiel Miralles 52 (Everton)
Efrain Flores's position as Chivas coach has come under scrutiny in recent weeks following his side's poor run of form. All that was forgotten on Wednesday, however, when El Rebaño Sagrado ran riot at the Jalisco, brushing aside the bemused Chileans with a thrilling display. The emphatic win took the Mexicans to the top of Group 6 and silenced the doubters - for the time being, at least.
Surprise of the week
Gremio 0-0 Universidad de Chile
Playing their opening game in Group 7, Celso Roth's side did all they could to kick off with a win. The Brazilians were denied by a combination of the woodwork and a heroic defensive performance from the visitors, spearheaded by an inspired Miguel Pinto in goal. Sporting an all-red change strip, Los Azules also overcame the dismissal of Marcelo Diaz to secure a vital point.
Gremio were not the only home side to drop points this week. Colombia's Independiente Medellin chalked up their second consecutive draw when they were held by Defensor Sporting. The goalless stalemate allowed the Uruguayans to move top of Group 4.
The other outfit to drop two points at home were Deportivo Quito, who drew 1-1 with Cruzeiro. In a feisty encounter in which three players were sent off, the Ecuadorians were rescued by Giovanny Caicedo's late equaliser after Ramires had put the visitors ahead. Cruzeiro stay top of Group 5, ahead of Estudiantes, who overcame Universitario de Sucre on Thursday thanks to a solitary strike from Juan Manuel Salgueiro. Despite picking up their first win in the section, however, El Pincha have yet to reproduce the form that took them to the Copa Sudamericana final last year.
Caracas enjoyed a night to remember as they surged to a 3-1 win at home to Group 6 rivals Lanus. A sublime free-kick from Jose Manuel Rey at the start of the second half set the Venezuelans on their way, and further goals from Dario Figueroa and Rafael Castellin put the result beyond doubt. Jose Sand pulled one back for El Granate, but they now lie bottom of the section.
Deportivo Cuenca registered the third emphatic home win of the week when they downed Guarani 4-0 to take an early lead in Group 2. Rodrigo Texeira, Jose Granda, Ismael Villalba and Cristian Cordero were the men on target for the Ecuadorians. In the week's final game, Libertad struck a late blow for visiting sides when they edged out San Luis in Mexico, courtesy of a Luis Ramirez goal. Urged on by the home fans, the Mexicans went in desperate search of an equaliser but were undone by some poor finishing. Their chances of advancing from Group 8 are receding fast.
Player of the week
Miguel Pinto (Universidad de Chile)
The 25-year-old showcased his superb reflexes with a commanding display between the posts, as Universidad de Chile snatched a valuable point from their daunting trip to the Estadio Olimpico. No matter what Gremio threw at him, Pinto had the answer.
0 - The number of Argentinian teams to win on the road in this year's Libertadores. Lanus's defeat to Caracas was the fourth the nation's representatives have suffered in four games.
What they said
"If Chivas win, you say the opposition is weak. If we score six, you say we should have scored ten. I was expecting questions like this. Everton have got some good players and we beat them because we played our best football. It's as simple as that," Guadalajara coach Efrain Flores takes issue with the local media.
This week's results
Deportivo Cuenca (ECU) 4-0 Guarani (PAR)
Independiente Medellin (COL) 0-0 Defensor Sporting (URU)
Deportivo Quito (ECU) 1-1 Cruzeiro (BRA)
Caracas (VEN) 3-1 Lanus (ARG)
Guadalajara (MEX) 6-2 Everton (CHI)
Gremio (BRA) 0-0 Universidad de Chile (CHI)
Estudiantes (ARG) 1-0 Universitario de Sucre (BOL)
San Luis (MEX) 0-1 Libertad (PAR)