Copa Libertadores Wrap: Wins for Newell's, San Lorenzo
By Football News
Argentina Primera Division clubs San Lorenzo and Newell's Old Boys celebrated home victories in the Copa Libertadores on Thursday.
Both sides needed to recover from first-up losses, and Newell's did so emphatically with a 4-0 triumph over Nacional while San Lorenzo snuck past Independiente del Valle 1-0.
Alfredo Berti's Newell's got off to the perfect start in front of their Estadio Marcelo Alberto Bielsa faithful, as Maxi Rodriguez tucked away a Lucas Bernardi cross in from the right for the opening goal on 14 minutes.
Their lead was doubled just prior to half-time, when Nacional defender Jorge Curbelo could do nothing with a Newell's sharp cross in but let it hit his body, and the ball deflected into the net for a second goal much to the chagrin of the Uruguayan visitors.
Provider of the first goal, Bernardi got on the scoresheet himself as he nodded in a Milton Casco cross from the left in the 54th minute.
To round out the emphatic victory, David Trezeguet chipped in a cross for Horacio Orzan to easily rise and meet to head home for a 4-0 scoreline.
In Buenos Aires, Angel Correa converted a midfield turnover from his Ecuadorian-based opponents into the game's only goal.
Correa struck at the Estadio Pedro Bidegain when he robbed Independiente of the ball, laid a ball out to the right before getting on the end of the cut-back pass from Hector Villalba to score.