Parana get maiden win in Copa Libertadores
RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Unfashionable Brazilian club Parana made a successful South American Libertadores Cup debut on Thursday, pulling off a shock 2-0 away win over Cobreloa in Chile.
Strikers Henrique and Josiel scored in each half of the preliminary round first leg tie as Parana made light of the difficult conditions in the mining town of Calama, some 2,300 metres above sea level in the Atacama desert.
Parana, founded in 1989, qualified for the competition for the first time by finishing fifth in last year's Brazilian championship.
However, they then dismantled their team and the new-look outfit appeared to be outsiders against their more experienced opponents.
Cobreloa, who hammered Antofagasta 7-1 in a league match last week, made a lively start, troubling the Parana rearguard with the speed of Argentine forwards Rodrigo Mannara and Lucas Barrios.
But Parana went ahead after 15 minutes when Henrique latched onto Dinelson's long ball forward and rounded goalkeeper Fernando Hurtado to score.
Barrios, Cristian Rios and Esteban Paredes all missed chances for Cobreloa, while the visitors resorted to physical tactics to stop their opponents.
The Desert Foxes paid for their wastefulness as Josiel scored Parana's second on the counter-attack in the 88th minute.
LDU, quarter-finalists last year, held on for a 1-1 draw away to Paraguayan outsiders Tacuary in Thursday's other tie.
Midfielder David Villalba gave Tacuary the lead in the 18th minute with a long-range low shot which flew into the corner of the net.
The Ecuadoreans controlled most of the game and were rewarded with an excellent equaliser in the 65th minute.
Christian Lara turned inside his marker and split the Tacuary defence open with an incisive pass to midfielder Patricio Urrutia, who scored with an angled shot into the far corner.