Defending champion Estudiantes held in Bolivia

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Defending champion Estudiantes of Argentina was held to a 0-0 away draw by Bolivian club Bolivar in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday.Racing of Uruguay and Deportivo Cuenca of Ecuador secured their first wins in this year’s tournament, while the match between Chilean clubs Universidad Catolica and Universidad de Chile ended 2-2.

Estudiantes, which won last year’s title by beating Cruzeiro in the final, struggled to create clear chances against Bolivar at high altitude in La Paz.

The draw moved Estudiantes to four points in Group 3 after three matches, two points behind leader Alianza Lima. Alianza has a game in hand and hosts Juan Aurich, also of Peru, on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Cuenca beat Morelia of Mexico 2-0 at home to register its first points in three matches. A 30-yard shot from Gabriel Mendez brushed the crossbar to open the scoring in the 59th minute, before Luis Escalada added a second with a low shot in the 83rd.

Racing had a 2-1 win at home against Cerro Porteno of Paraguay to move level with Corinthians of Brazil atop Group 1.

Mathias Mirabajes gave Racing the lead in the 19th minute and Martin Cauteruccio got the second in the 69th, while Luis Caceres pulled a goal back for Cerro in the 84th.

Cerro finished the match with ten men after Javier Villarreal was sent off in the 78th minute.

Edson Puch scored a stoppage time equalizer to salvage a point for Universidad de Chile against compatriot Universidad Catolica in Group 8.

Juan Manuel Olivera put Universidad de Chile in front in the 19th minute, but goals by Matias Rubio in the 22nd and Francisco Silva in the 70th gave Catolica the lead until Puch equalized again with a near post header from a corner.

Source: AP


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