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|Copa Libertadores: Mixed results for Paraguayan sides as Luciano Figueroa the star for Emelec|
In Copa Libertadores action earlier today, Argentine Luciano Figueroa won and then converted a penalty in the 51st minute of the Group 2 game, after he was adjudged to have been pushed to the ground.
It was a clear push from behind by defender Fernando Nájera on Figueroa - a star signing for the Ecuadorean club as the match referee showed no hesitation in awarding a resulting penalty.
Olimpia's Pablo Zeballos nearly equalized in the 87th when he hit the crossbar with a free kick from 30 metres out. The same player received a straight red card in stoppage time.
The Paraguayan league champion also had several chances to cancel out Emelec although several shots were misfired at goal.
The match was affected by heavy rain in Ecuador's humid city of Guayaquil which fell throughout the game, making playing conditions gradually more difficult.
In Group 5 in Asunción, Paraguay, Libertad scored four second half goals to come from behind after Joazinho Arroe had put Alianza Lima of Peru ahead in the 28th.
It was a solid performance for Jorge Burruchaga's players as Libertad was able to revert the scoreline at their home ground, the Nicolás Léoz stadium in the Paraguayan capital.
Luciano Civeli , Sergio Aquino and Mauro Caballero put Libertad 3-1 up before Alianza Lima*s Walter Ibáñez scored an own goal in the 91st.
Alianza Lima plays Brazil's Vasco da Gama in the next match day on the 6th of March.