Mexican sides continue to show their renewed interest in the Copa Libertadores with Santos and Leon sitting atop of their respective groups after Round Two. Santos travelled to Uruguay to face Peñarol and impressively came away with a 2-0 result to maintain a 100% start to their campaign. Second half goals from Jonathan Lacerda and José Abella earned Pedro Caixinha’s side a deserved victory. Peñarol started well but gradually the dangerous strike force of Darwin Quintero and Oribe Peralta began to cause problems and Santos’ confidence grew. The goals eventually came and if Santos continue to perform like this they could surprise a few sides in the Libertadores.
On Wednesday, Leon once again opted for a strong side in the Libertadores and will be a little disappointed not to have left La Paz with more. Mauro Boselli’s deflected effort gave Leon the lead after just 3 minutes and it was just as well as from then on Bolivar keeper, Romel Quiñónez stopped everything that was thrown at him. In the Leon goal, William Yarborough also impressed and was only undone when a free kick by Juanmi Callejón evaded everyone and sneaked in at the back post. With the game heading for a draw Leon were presented with a great opportunity after being awarded a penalty but Rafa Marquez saw his effort saved. With this in mind it could be viewed as two points dropped but a point in La Paz is always decent and after last week’s win Leon are still well placed.
Peñarol 0 – 2 Santos
Bolivar 1 – 1 Leon