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Copa Libertadores Review: Botafogo, Barcelona draw as Godoy Cruz claim win

SoccerNews in La Liga 21 Apr 2017

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Barcelona and Botafogo played out an entertaining Copa Libertadores draw as Godoy Cruz claimed an important win on Thursday.

Previously holding perfect records in Group 1, Barcelona and Botafogo drew 1-1 at the Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo in Guayaquil.

Barcelona goalkeeper Maximo Banguera saved a third-minute penalty from Camilo, and also made a stop on the rebound, to keep his side level early.

Christian Aleman opened the scoring for hosts Barcelona in the 32nd minute, playing a one-two with Jonathan Alvez before finishing.

However, a red card to Jefferson Mena with 10 minutes remaining hurt the Ecuadorians, who were punished late on.

Awarded another penalty, this time for a handball, Botafogo converted as substitute Sassa put away the spot-kick in the 89th minute.

The result moved Barcelona and Jair Ventura’s Botafogo onto seven points in Group 1, both sitting four clear of third-placed Estudiantes.

Godoy Cruz are top of Group 6 after recording a 2-0 win at home to Sport Boys.

Guillermo Fernandez and Javier Correa struck in the second half for the Argentine side.

Guarani and Gremio played out a 1-1 draw, a result which left them both unbeaten and four points clear in Group 8.

Medellin claimed a much-needed win in Group 3, beating Melgar 2-0 for their first points.

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