Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Gremio make Tolima pay for negative tactics
RIO DE JANEIRO, March 28 (Reuters) - Former champions Gremio pulled themselves back into contention in their Libertadores Cup group with a 1-0 win over ultra-defensive Deportes Tolima in Tuesday night's games.
Modest Chilean side Audax Italiano kept up the pressure on
Brazilian champions Sao Paulo by beating Alianza Lima 1-0 in the
evening's other tie.
A clincially-taken goal by striker Tuta in the 21st minute
gave Brazil's Gremio, winners in 1995 under current Portugal
coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, the points against the Colombian
provincial side in the Group Three match in Porto Alegre.
Ramon crossed from the right, the Tolima defence failed to
clear and Tuta, tightly marked and with his back to goal, still
managed to control the ball before scoring with a shot on the
Tolima, who pulled off a shock win over Gremio earlier in
the group, made no serious attempt to win the match and failed
to seriously trouble goalkeeper Sebastian Saja.
They included only one striker in their starting line-up and
left forward Darwin Quintero, who had given Gremio a torrid time
in the first match, on the bench.
The win left the two sides level at the top of the group
with seven points from four games. Both have a goal difference
of plus one. Paraguay's Cerro Porteno have four points and
Colombian champions Cucuta three.
Rodolfo Moya took advantage of a defensive mistake to score
the only goal for Audax Italiano against Peruvian champions
Alianza Lima in a wet and near-deserted National stadium in
Audax, who have seven points from four games, went second in
Group Two, two behind Mexico's Necaxa who have played a game
Brazilian champions Sao Paulo, who won the tournament in
1992, 1993 and 2005, were left in third place with four points.
Alianza have lost all four games.