Atletico Mineiro hold Tijuana to 2-2 draw

Last Updated: Friday, May 24, 2013 - 17:18

Tijuana (Mexico): Second-half substitute Luan struck an injury-time equaliser to earn Atletico Mineiro a 2-2 draw against Tijuana in their Copa Libertadores quarterfinal first leg.

Colombian striker Duvier Riascos opened the scoring for the Mexican club at the Estadio Caliente after a slick one-two with compatriot Dayro Moreno in the 13th minute Thursday.

The home side then made it 2-0 early in the second half when Moreno`s shot was saved by goalkeeper Victor only for Fidel Martinez to knock in the rebound.

Atletico suffered a blow when Brazil international midfielder Bernard failed to reappear in the second half due to a thigh injury.

But Diego Tardelli reduced the deficit for the visitors when he struck from a Ronaldinho corner kick before Bernard`s replacement Luan slotted home in the 92nd minute after Tardelli`s deft through ball.

"It is a long way to travel here and it`s not easy playing on this synthetic surface but we managed to get a very important result," Ronaldinho said after the match.

The return fixture will be played at Atletico`s Independencia stadium in Belo Horizonte May 29.

In Thursday`s other quarterfinal, Newell`s Old Boys held Argentine rivals Boca Juniors to a 0-0 draw at the Bombonera in Buenos Aires.

IANS



First Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 - 18:09

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