Boyacá Chico move into second place in their Copa Libertadores group
following a 2-1 victory over Bolivian side Aurora Cochabamba, while
América de Cali held Defensor Sporting of Uruguay to a goalless draw.
Following their recent 3-0 defeat by Universidad de Chile, Chicó knew that a win was needed to keep a decent chance of advancing to the next round.
No goals were scored in the first half but the Tunja outfit needed only four minutes in the second for Miguel Caneo to score from the penalty spot. Marcos Perez doubled the advantage 20 minutes later.
Chicó had Juan Mahecha sent off in the 75th minute and Christian Fernandez scored one back for the Bolivian guests in the 88th, but the Colombians held on to their lead for three important points.
Gremio are alrady through from Group 7 with 13 points from 5 games, and Chicó are on course to finish second with nine points. Universidad have only two points less though and are still in contention with one game to go.
América de Cali played out a 0-0 draw with Defensor Sporting, a particularly good result for Group 4’s other Colombian team, Independiente de Medellín.
The highlight of the match in Cali was a red card to Defensor’s Rodrigo Mora on 79 minutes.
Sao Paulo are first in this group with 10 points from 5 games and are certain of a spot in the next round. Medellín are second with 7 points, followed by Defensor with 5. América no longer have a chance to advance to the knock-out phase.