The Newell’s Old Boys boss has said that he is extremely happy with the start made by his team in the Copa Libertadores group stages. The Argentine side were taking on the Paraguayan Olimpia the first group match of the Copa Libertadores.
Newell’s Old Boys managed to register a 3-1 victory in the match. It was definitely not an easy encounter for the favourites – Newell’s Old Boys, as they struggle to take the chances that came their way until the 69th minute. The penalty from Scocco finally gave the lead they were playing for during the first half break.
Newell’s Old Boys managed to increase their advantage soon after the match through a goal from Orzán. His goal 6 min after the penalty gave the Argentine club a two-goal advantage going into the final few minutes of the match. Olimpia, though, have a huge lifeline following the goal from Bareiro in the 88th minute.
This made them push lot in the final few minutes of the match in the hope of snatching an unlikely point from this away match, but this left huge gaps open in the defence. It was taken advantage by Rodríguez, as his goal in injury time sealed the three points for Newell’s Old Boys.
“Olimpia did not sit back, but pressured us. It was a fair win because we always tried to score,” said the Newell’s Old Boys manager Gerardo Martino. Meanwhile, in the other Copa Libertadores matches, the Chilean club Huachipato managed to shock the Brazilian club Gremio with a 2-1 victory. Due to the significant advantage in terms of finances, Brazilian clubs have always been the dominant force in the Copa Libertadores.
However, the Chilean champions Huachipato were able to shock Gremio with this victory. “We are completely proud. We dedicate this win to all the fans who supported us in Chile,” said the Huachipato manager Pellicer.