SANTIAGO DE CHILE (AP) – After a six-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Copa Libertadores resumed on Tuesday, and Colo Colo beat Peñarol 2-1.
Midfielder Gabriel Suazo and striker Esteban Paredes scored goals for the Chilean team to come back at home, although without an audience at the Monumental Stadium in Santiago.
Facundo Pellistri took advantage of a double rebound from goalkeeper Brayan Cortés and temporarily put Peñarol ahead in the 40th minute. Forward Agustín Alvarez Martínez made a second shot that Corés rejected, before the winger finally gave the ball a goal.
Peñarol was superior in the initial stage but declined in the second. Colo Colo took center stage with the entry of Leonardo Valencia.
Suazo leveled at 51 minutes and Paredes, 40, got the winning goal at 62, from a penalty, sanctioned by Argentine referee Mauro Vigliano after attacker Marcos Bolados was knocked down in the area by defender Fabricio Formiliano.
With the victory on the postponed third date, Colo Colo reached six points and shares the first place in Group C with Atlético Paranaense from Brazil, which beat local Jorge Wilstermann from Bolivia 3-2.
Striker Walter, in injury time, converted the goal for Paranaense’s dramatic victory at the Félix Capriles stadium in Cochabamba.
From a penalty, Argentine midfielder Luis Gonzalez scored the first goal for Paranaense at 40 and midfielder Christian scored the second at 74.
Gilbert Álvarez put the Bolivian team up at 11 minutes, Brazilian midfielder Serginho increased to 56 but was sent off at 88 due to accumulation of cards.