Two of the Thursday matches in Copa Libertadores were fairly straightforward one-goal wins by teams in better form than their opponents. And then there was Godoy Cruz vs. Atletico Nacional. The teams traded blows in a ridiculously open match, eventually scoring eight goals between them.
Flamengo 1-0 Emelec
Emelec defended well in this one and goalkeeper Esteban Dreer had a good game, but there was nothing they could do about Flamengo's goal. Ronaldinho set it up with a stellar heel flick into the path of Vagner Love, who placed a perfect low finish past Dreer at the far post in the 48th minute. That goal would be all they needed to secure all three points and go top of Group 2.
Godoy Cruz 4-4 Atletico Nacional
Between these two, La U and Peñarol, Group 8 doesn't seem to have a competent defensive unit between the four teams. Colombian international Dorlan Pabon scored twice in the second half, with his second goal putting Atletico Nacional ahead 4-3, but Leandro Caruso scored the equalizer for Godoy Cruz in the 89th minute, completing his hat trick. Every one of the eight goals featured some comically bad defending and/or goalkeeping.
Junior 0-1 Bolivar
Talk about a disaster for Atletico Junior. They were one of last year's knockout stage participants, but they appear to be going down in flames even though they were tipped as favorites to advance out of Group 3 by many. Bolivar now sit on four points, thanks to William Ferreira's 80th minute winner. Junior really shouldn't be losing at home to anyone in this group, let alone the favorites for last place.