Brazilian clubs get off to a mixed start in the Libertadores

February 19, 2009 at 22:35 1 comment

Kléber makes an unforgettable debut
Kléber makes an unforgettable debut

Sport Recife and Cruzeiro got off to wining starts beating Colo-Colo and Estudiantes respectively in their Group stage openers.

But Palmeiras lost away at holders LDU and São Paulo could only manage a draw at home to Independiente Medellin.

Winners of the Copa do Brasil last year, Sport picked up a handy three points after a 2-1 victory in Chile. See the highlights here

Palmeiras arrived in Ecuador on the back of nine straight wins since the start of the year. But a below par performance coupled with a defensive mix up between Marcos and Edmilson ended in the Palestra Itália side going down 3-2. See the goals here

São Paulo dominated their match vs Colombian opposition in the Morumbi. But Muricy Ramalho’s men got a taste of their own medicine when Independiente counter attacked and Arias scored. The home side were heading for defeat until Borges hit a wonderful volley 2 minutes into second-half stoppage time. See the goals here 

On Thursday, Kléber made his debut for Cruzeiro vs Argentine’s Estudiantes in the Mineirão. The ex Dynamo Kiev player could turn out to be the best hiring a Brazilian club has made so far this season: that is if he can stay on the pitch. The forward came off the bench in the second-half and scored twice in Cruzeiro’s 3-0 win. Kléber then got sent off after two quick cards – the first for lifting his shirt over his head after celebrating his second goal and then moments later another for a challenge on ex Manchester United and Chelsea player, Veron. See the goals here

See the results and tables here

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Djar  |  February 21, 2009 at 07:57

    Very good start Cruzeiro and Juan Sebastian Veron is still very good player:) I greeting!


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