1 August 2012 10:47
Gremio hold a narrow advantage in their Copa Sudamericana second-round tie with Coritiba after winning the first leg 1-0 on Tuesday.
Forward Andre Lima struck the winning goal for hosts Gremio in the 72nd minute of the match at Estadio Olimpico Monumental, courtesy of an assist from midfielder Leo Gago.
Coritiba must now overhaul the deficit in the second leg of the all-Brazilian clash, which will take place at Estadio Major Antonio Couto Pereira on August 23.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Colombian club Deportes Tolima have one foot in the second round after they won 3-1 at home to Deportivo Lara.
It took hosts Tolima until five minutes before half-time at Estadio Manuel Murillo Toro to open the scoring in the first-round tie, when Robin Ramirez found the back of the net.
And they made it 2-0 just 60 seconds later, with defender Yair Arrechea the man on target.
Jose Torrealba claimed what could prove to be an important away goal for the visitors when he netted on 54 minutes.
But Carlos Preciado restored Tolima’s two-goal cushion six minutes past the hour mark.
In other first-round matches, Chilean side Deportes Iquique downed Nacional of Uruguay 2-0 at home.
Sebastian Ereros and Misael Davila struck in the first half and second half respectively to secure a first-leg victory for the hosts at Estadio Tierra de Campeones.
And Ecuadorians Emelec also hold a narrow lead going into their second leg, after they defeated Universidad San Martin of Peru 1-0 at home.
Midfielder Efren Mera claimed the game’s only goal in the 66th minute at Estadio George Capwell.