SANTIAGO – Chilean club Colo Colo got a brace from Esteban Paredes to defeat Bolivar 2-0 and climb into second place in Group B of Copa Libertadores, South America’s premier club soccer competition.
The home team went on the attack from the outset Tuesday night at David Arellano Monumental Stadium in Santiago, with Bolivar net minder Romel Quiñones doing well to save one shot off the foot of Jorge Valdivia in the eighth minute before struggling to corral a strike by Jaime Valdes at the 26-minute mark.
But five minutes later, the Chilean team got on the board with well-constructed goal that began with a high pass by Carlos Carmona to Gonzalo Fierro on the right side of the area.
The defender proceeded to volley the ball with the right amount of touch to a charging Paredes, whose close-range shot ricocheted off the hand of Quiñones and into the roof of the goal.
The goal was the 22nd in Copa Libertadores for the Chilean forward, who became his country’s top scorer in the history of this continental club competition.
Paredes then completed his brace just seven minutes later when he won a battle for the ball with defender Pablo Pedraza and slotted a left-footed shot past Quiñones in a one-on-one opportunity.
The Bolivian club, meanwhile, did little offensively in the first half and that trend continued in the second half against a well-organized Colo Colo defense.
Attacking forays by Spanish midfielder Juanmi Callejon and Argentine forward Marcos Riquelme provided the occasional exception to that rule.
Elsewhere Tuesday night, Ecuadorian side Delfin notched a 1-0 home victory over first-placed Colombian side Atletico Nacional.
With one match day remaining on May 24, Nacional continues to lead the group with nine points, while second-placed Colo Colo (seven points) is tied with Delfin on points but has a slight advantage based on goal differential.
Bolivar fell from second to fourth with its loss on Tuesday night, but it can still advance to the tournament’s knockout stage with a home victory over Delfin and a Colo Colo away loss to Nacional in the final group stage matches.