Corinthians vs Nacional
(1-0) 2-0 – Danilo ’39, Jorge Henrique ’67
A goal either side of half time condemned Nacional to their second straight defeat in this year’s Copa Libertadores and leaves them with a monumental task to try and qualify from Group 6. As suggested in the preview Javier Torrente went for pace up front as he hoped to catch Corinthians on the counter, but they were unable to make an impact as the home side dominated the first half. On 39 minutes goalkeeper Ignacio Don was unable to hold onto one of several long shots and with David Mendoza muscled out, Danilo followed up to ensure the Timão went into the break ahead.
In the second half the Academia shook things up bringing on Ariel Bogado, Rodrigo Texeira and finally Germán Cano as they threw caution to the wind. It was to no avail though as minutes after Cano’s introduction the Paraguayans conceded again. Edenilson burst down the right hand side and his cross was converted by Jorge Henrique. Nacional were unable to make a dent in the local team’s defence and have still never scored against a Brazilian side in the Copa Libertadores.
Nacional XI: I.Don; R.Mazacotte, D.Caniza, H.Miranda, D.Mendoza; D.Orué, M.Riveros, J.Villarreal, R.Caceres; A.Orué, J.Gonzale
Subs: Ariel Bogado for Javier Gonzalez, Rodrigo Texeira for Angel Orué, German Cano for Ramón Caceres
Yellow Cards: J.Gonzalez ’40
By Ralph Hannah