Brasilia - Ronaldinho missed one penalty but converted
another within five minutes of each other as holders Atletico Mineiro were held
to a 1-1 home draw by Paraguay's Nacional in the Libertadores Cup on Wednesday.
The former World Player of the Year's first attempt was
saved by Nacional goalkeeper Ignacio Don with a spectacular dive to his right
in the 13th minute.
The 33-year-old was given another chance five minutes later,
this time following a handball, and made no mistake as he chose the opposite
corner and put the ball out of Don's reach.
However, he was upstaged when Marco Riveros equalised for
the rank outsiders by chipping a majestic free kick over the Mineiro wall eight
minutes before halftime.
Mineiro, unbeaten after four games, stayed top of Group Four
on eight points, three ahead of their opponents who are second.
Mineiro's fellow Brazilians Gremio, also unbeaten, scored a
stoppage time equaliser to draw 1-1 at Newell's Old Boys in Group Six as they
Third-placed Newell's, semi-finalists last season under
current Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino, twice hit the woodwork before Maxi
Rodriguez finally put them ahead in the 78th minute.
Gremio looked down and out until Rhodolfo came to their
rescue when he headed a dramatic equaliser in the 91st minute to silence the
crowd at the Marcelo Bielsa stadium.
Flamengo completed a winless evening for Brazilian teams
when they sank to a 1-0 defeat at 3,600 metres above sea level in La Paz
against Bolivar, leaving the 1981 winners bottom of Group Seven on four points.
Juan Carlos Arce converted a penalty for the Bolivian side,
third on five points, in the fourth minute following a blunder by Flamengo
defender Samir, who slipped as he tried to play the ball out of defence before
hauling down William Ferreira.
Mexico's Leon (seven points) went top of the group by
beating Ecuadorean champions Emelec 3-0, with Matias Britos, Jose Vazquez, from
a penalty, and Carlos Pena sharing the goals.
Five-times winners Penarol brought their campaign to life by
scoring twice in the last 20 minutes to beat Arsenal 2-1 for their first win in
Group Eight at the fourth attempt.
Ivan Marcone put the Argentine visitors ahead with a
long-range strike early in the second half before Luis Aguiar volleyed home the
equaliser for the Uruguayans and Jonathan Rodriguez grabbed the winner with
nine minutes left.
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