Estudiantes La Plata physically arrived for their Copa Libertadores match against Cruzeiro at Belo Horizonte, but they didn't actually "show up," per se. The 2009 champions and possible favorites for this year's Copa Libertadores crown were absolutely stunned as they were destroyed 5-0.
Cruzeiro's first goal came in the opening minute, off an unfortunate deflection. While the goal was lucky, it was obvious that Estudiantes let the goal take their fight away instead of inspiring them to fight harder for the win. The opening seconds of the match would actually be the high point of the day.
Veteran playmaker Roger scored the second goal in the 17th minute, and it was obvious at that point that Estudiantes were completely disinterested in the game. Roger's defender made basically no effort to stop him from shooting in an absolutely comical display. Cruzeiro would go on to score three more times, embarrassing the defending Argentinian champions. Still, bad defending or not, Cruzeiro's No. 10 Walter Montillo had an absolutely fantastic game.
Elsewhere, defending champions Internacional were the victims of an absolute heartbreaker, dropping two points thanks to a 90th minute equalizer from Emelec. New signing Mauro Bolatti scored what appeared to be a sure winner in the 80th minute, heading in a goal off of a corner kick, but the lead was not to last. Emelec scored an equalizer at the death, also off of a set piece, from an absolutely brilliant header by Fernando Gimenez.
Across the rest of South America last night, Jaguares de Chiapas defeated Jorge Wilstermann, San Martin easily defeated Once Caldas 3-0, and Chilean sides Universidad Catolica and Universidad Española played to a thrilling 2-2 draw.