(EFE) – Bolívar rose to the top of Group C of the CONMEBOL South American Cup this Thursday, which is led by the Brazilian Ceará with the same 3 points, by defeating Arsenal 2-1 in the 3,600 meters of altitude of La Paz.
Ceará leads the area after defeating another Bolivian team, Wilstermann, 3-1 on Tuesday at home, which closes the classification.
Midfielder Roberto Carlos Fernández opened the scoring today at minute 42 and Erwin Saavedra extended in minute 61.
With 8 minutes remaining in regulation time at the Hernando Siles stadium in La Paz, Jonathan Bottinelli was discounted for the cast of Sarandí.
The Celeste Academy, directed by the Spanish José Ignacio ‘Natxo’ González, pressed from the opening whistle.
But the award came only at the end of the first half. Fernández scored with a left shot after receiving assistance from midfielder Diego Bejarano.
Captain Erwin Saavedra finished off with the right with the assistance of Roberto Fernández and secured the second goal in the second half of the game.
Defender Bottinelli scored Arsenal’s only goal in the 92nd minute.
Fernández del Bolívar scored another goal that entered Alejandro Medina’s goal in the 76th minute, which was annulled due to an advanced position.
Group C of the Copa Sudamericana is led by Ceará from Brazil, followed by Bolívar, then Arsenal and finally Bolivian Wilstermann.
On Thursday, April 29, Bolívar La Paz will face Wilstermann at the Félix Capriles stadium in Cochabamba, while Arsenal will host Ceará from Brazil on Tuesday, April 30.