The Sao Paulo from the Argentine coach Hernan Crespo, with the experienced Dani alves In the starting lineup, he beat the Uruguayan 2-0 on Thursday Rentistas of Montevideo and remains unstoppable in Group E of the Libertadores Cup of football by adding his second victory in the same number of games.
The annotations that leave Sao Paulo at the top of the group were the work of the attacker Pablo, at 37 minutes, and the winger Reinaldo, from a penalty at 89.
With the victory in the “giant” of Morumbí over the “charrúa” team, the São Paulo team remains alone in the first position with two units ahead of the Argentine Racing de Avellaneda, which this Wednesday defeated at home 2-1 Peruvian Sporting Cristal, last in the group without scoring points.
The pupils of the former Argentine international Crespo, who added eight consecutive victories adding the Libertadores and the Paulista Championship, had beaten Sporting Cristal 0-3 in the first match.
Rentistas, meanwhile, had tied at home, 1-1, against Racing, now remaining with one point in the standings.
In Sao Paulo, the experienced defender Miranda, formerly of Atlético de Madrid, appeared as the starter, who replaced the injured Leo. Another who could not play in the Brazilian team due to physical problems was the Colombian side Luis Manuel Orejuela.
With a rival on the defensive, but sharp in their counterattacks, Sao Paulo had difficulties to score and the goal came in the 37th minute in a play started by Dani Alves and that left Pablo free to score on visiting goalkeeper Nicolás Rossi, who replaced the injured Yonatan Irrazábal.
At the beginning of the second half, Chilean referee Nicolás Guzmán sent off Agustín Acosta for a double yellow card.
Even with one man less, the visiting coach Martín Varini raised his team to seek a draw during the second half and bring danger to Thiago Volpi’s goal, although the clearest opportunity was for Sao Paulo to expand with the Ecuadorian Joao Rojas, who had entered through the Argentine Martín Benítez.
In minute 89, Reinaldo extended with an impeccable execution of penalty after the referee sanctioned a penalty, by hand in the area of Mario García, after a Chilean by Igor Gomes.
The “Tricolor Paulista” will now defend the leadership on May 5 in his visit to Racing for the third day, while Rentistas will seek their rebound in the standings that same day when they receive at the Juan Domingo Perón bottom Sporting Cristal.