Copa Libertadores Wrap: Universidad Chile, Atletico Nacional edge narrow ties
By Football News
Universidad Chile made the perfect start to their Copa Libertadores campaign on Thursday, while Atletico Nacional edged Newell's Old Boys.
Gustavo Lorenzetti's 82nd-minute winner was enough for 2011 Copa Sudamericana champions Universidad Chile to edge Defensor Sporting 1-0 at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos.
The 28-year-old Argentine sent the home fans wild when he drilled in from the edge of the area after a corner had been cleared.
Universidad Chile are second in Group 5, which is topped by Real Garcilaso after their win on Wednesday.
High-flying Colombia Primera A outfit Atletico Nacional left it late to overcome Newell's Old Boys 1-0 in Medellin.
The Argentines look set to take a point from the Group 6 clash before Edwin Cardona's 30-yard effort snuck into the bottom corner.
In the other Group 6 match, Cristian Riveros struck on 69 minutes to lead Gremio to a 1-0 win over Nacional at the Estadio Gran Parque Central in Montevideo.
On a day of few goals, Atletico Paranaense were 1-0 winners at home to The Strongest thanks to a 24th-minute goal from Paulinho Dias in Group 1.
In Group 3, Lanus and O'Higgins played out a 0-0 draw.
The only game to feature more than one goal on Thursday was Emelec's come-from-behind 2-1 win at home to Bolivar.
Juanmi Callejon opened the scoring on 11 minutes, cutting inside from the left and past two defenders before firing home.
Angel Mena levelled a minute later as he tucked away Marcos Caicedo's cutback and there were no other goals in Guayaquil until late on.
Fernando Gimenez powered in a header from Fernando Gaibor's corner to score the winner on 74 minutes, putting Emelec top of Group 7.