15 October 2014 05:11
A penalty in second-half stoppage time saw Estudiantes defeat Penarol 2-1 in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana round-of-16 tie.
In a match that included two blistering strikes from outside the penalty area, Estudiantes notched an important late goal in Argentina ahead of their trip to Uruguay for the second leg next week, with captain Guido Carrillo scoring from the spot.
Jonathan Sandoval’s lunging tackle cost Penarol a draw in La Plata as he tripped Matias Aguirregaray before Carrillo made no mistake in the 95th minute.
Estudiantes led 1-0 at half-time thanks to a thumping shot from Joaquin Correa, who went on a mazy run through the left channel in the 11th minute before shifting the ball inside onto his right boot and picking out the top corner of the net.
Just after the hour-mark, Fabian Estoyanoff levelled the match for the Uruguayan visitors, smashing a free-kick with his laces so it swerved around the wall and past the outstretched left hand of Estudiantes goalkeeper Hilario Navarro.
But Carrillo’s late spot-kick gave Estudiantes victory, while in the other round-of-16 first leg, Cerro Porteno won 2-1 at home in Paraguay over Argentina’s Lanus.
Oscar Romero struck twice in the space of four minutes for the hosts before Santiago Silva scored an important away goal for Lanus in the 72nd minute.
Romero’s opener came in the 61st minute with a clinical left-foot drive, while his second goal three minute later was a classic poacher’s effort, as he won a header that was blocked on the line but then reacted quickest to stab the ball home to give Cerro Porteno a 2-0 lead.
But Silva pulled a goal back eight minutes later, lifting his shot into the roof of the net from Lucas Melano’s cutback.