While the majority of the footballing world were still coming to terms with that game in Barcelona last night, Argentine sides Godoy Cruz, San Lorenzo and, of course, Atlético Tucumán, had other matters to look to.
The first round of Copa Libertadores group matches saw all three sides in action. However, none managed to grasp the three points granted for a win.
Godoy Cruz hosted Brazil’s Atlético Mineiro to kick things off in Group 6, in what proved to be a frustrating fixture for the side from Mendoza. Despite enjoying the better of the chances and going 1-0 up early on through Javier Correa, the home side gave away a dubious penalty in the second-half, allowing Atlético back into the game.
Plus, they should have made it 2-0 just before half-time, when Juan Garro missed with neither defence or goalkeeper to beat.
1-1 was how it stayed, while the group’s other fixture between Sport Boys de Bolivia and Libertad of Paraguay ended 3-3.
San Lorenzo, however, had a night to forget at Rio de Janeiro’s formidable Maracaná Stadium versus Flamengo. 4-0 read the scoreline at full-time, with the Brazilians cruising to a simple victory against a rather spineless San Lorenzo side. The highlight was this long range effort from full-back Miguel Trauco, taking the leaders to a 3-goal lead.
Atlético Tucumán’s first ever game in the Copa Libertadores proper also came last night, against Brazilian league title-holders Palmeiras, and they certainly delivered. A goal from Zampedri 13 minutes in had the packed out Jose Fierro stadium in raptures from the get-go. And perhaps they should have gone on to win the game after the visitors had a man sent off early in the first off. But hey, this is Atlético Tucumán, and a draw against a team of such stature is certainly a decent result going into their next group fixtures.
The team from Tucumán will face Uruguay’s Peñarol next week in Montevideo.
An honourable mention must also go to Brazilian side Chapecoense, who, despite losing 24 club members (19 of whom were players) in a tragic plane crash in November, won their match 2-1 against Venzuela’s Zulia – a spectacular achievement.